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Astana: City of the Future. Today.

13/05/2012

Astana is the capital and second largest city (after Almaty) of Kazakhstan, with an officially estimated population of 708,794 as of 1 August 2010.
It is located in the north-central portion of Kazakhstan, within Akmola Province, though administrated separately from the province as a federal city area.

Bayterek is the most famous landmark in Astana. The legend behind this tower as a symbol is that it represents a poplar tree, where the magic bird Samuruk laid its egg. In the sphere on the top of Bayterek there is an imprint of president Nursultan Nazarbayev's hand. Photo Michael Hancock. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bayterek.jpg

Bayterek tower. Photo Michael Hancock.

Bayterek is the most famous landmark in Astana. The legend behind this tower as a symbol is that it represents a poplar tree, where the magic bird Samuruk laid its egg. In the sphere on the top of Bayterek there is an imprint of president Nursultan Nazarbayev’s hand.

In front of the Bayterek Tower in the summer of 2010, the largest open-air art exhibition ever in Kazakhstan took place: About 2.2 million people saw the international exhibition of United Buddy Bears.

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (Pyramid of Peace) in Astana

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (Pyramid of Peace) in Astana

The pyramid has been conceived and designed by architect Sir Norman Foster. It was inaugurated in September 2006. It contains accommodations for different religions: Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and other faiths. It also houses a 1,500-seat opera house, a national museum of culture, a new “university of civilization”, a library and a research center for Kazakhstan’s ethnic and geographical groups.

Astana Khan-Shatyr Entertainment Center, the highest tensile structure in the world.

Khan-Shatyr Entertainment Center, the highest tensile structure in the world.

The tent is 150 meters high, and like the pyramid was designed by the British team of Norman Foster and Buro Happold. It houses an urban-scale internal park, shopping and entertainment venue with squares and cobbled streets, a boating river, shopping centre, minigolf and indoor beach resort.

Kazakhstan Central Concert Hall Astana. Photo elena giussani. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kazakhstan_Central_Concert_Hall2.JPG

Central Concert Hall in Astana. Photo elena giussani.

Astana Arena _ Astana Stadium Building by Tabanlioglu Architects. http://www.e-architect.co.uk/kazakhstan/astana_arena.htm

Astana Arena – Astana Stadium Building by Tabanlioglu Architects.

Astana Ak Orda - Presidential Palace.

Ak Orda – The Presidential Palace.

* Strong and combat-capable – Казахстанская правда

* Astana – the heart of country — visitkazakhstan.nur.kz

* Astana Images — Trip Advisor

Kazakhstan – Our connection to the Universe.

Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's oldest and largest operational space launch facility. Photo NASA/Bill Ingalls. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Soyuz_TMA-3_launch.jpg

Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world’s oldest and largest operational space launch facility. Photo NASA/Bill Ingalls.

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