Republic Square is the heart of administrative power in Almaty. Laid out in the early 1980s, this broad expanse of tarmac does not feel square-like most of the time because of the traffic on busy Satpayev avenue. This is however the place to come on major holidays when the square is closed off to traffic and public displays take place.
The south side of the square is dominated by the imposing pale grey late Soviet bulk of the former Presidential Palace, now housing city authorities. The focus of the north side of the square is a post-independence addition, the graceful obelisk of the Independence Monument. The structure, 18 m in height, is topped by a replica of the Golden Man.