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Semey - 19th century log house

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While the real estate boom in Astana has led to the demolition of many old, single-story houses, much of Semey's 19th century architecture survives. Just a few blocks from the city center, you enter a pre-Soviet world of narrow lanes and small, one and two-story log houses, some faced with stucco, with brightly painted windows and carved, ornamental woodwork. These are the traditional homes found throughout Siberian Russia and northern Central Asia, with logs cut from the great birch and fir forests...

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