Tourist sights in Astana
Walking in Astana – Places of interest and entertainments
Astana’s look and atmosphere indicate an aspiration of Kazakhstan to the future. The Kazakhstan young capital is very modern and bright. The ingenious architectural projects which use advanced technologies and design, super modern hotels, business-centers, multi-storey new buildings reflect city’s bold ambitions and gushing energy.
Center of the city is decorated with such Astana sights as the Bayterek monument and Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, which were built under the project of the well-known modern architecture Norman Foster. The Ak Orda Presidential Palace can be seen on excursions, while the whole Kazakhstan in miniature on the area of 2ha can be seen in the Atameken ethno-memorial complex. Duman recreational complex is an interesting place of rest and entertainment. Along with shops, cinema theaters, park amusements and cafés, there are also Museum of Miniatures and seaquarium, home of more than 2,000 sea animals, brought there from different corners of the planet. We invite sports fans to visit the super-modern Astana-Arena stadium, which admits 30,000 spectators.
You must visit the Astana Circus, even if you are not a circus art fan. The building itself, deserves to be visited at least once. Indeed, it is a UFO giant dish, lit at nights, the same way as this extraterrestrial object. Inside, the Circus is fitted with up-to-date equipments; the arena is equipped with modern machineries to perform different numbers, ice show, flights etc.
It is also pleasant to take a walk in the Astana center. The city is decorated with decorative sculptures, original fountains and installations in spirit of modernity, which add special charm and individuality to Kazakhstan’s capital.
Astana, like any other modern capital, has a wide choice of restaurants and cafés, as well as parks, museums, theaters and cinema theaters which are interesting for a tourist to visit.
Astana – What to do:
What should you start exploring Astana from? Surely, you should start from the Bayterek, the capital’s symbol. The monument embodies the Kazakh people’s idea of the universe. The tower construction symbolizes three universe bases – underground, earthly and heavenly worlds. At the depth of 4.5 meter, there is the lower level housing café, aquariums and mini-gallery “Bayterek”.
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Museum of the First President of Kazakhstan
You will certainly remember the Museum of the First President of Kazakhstan with its pieces of interior decoration and furniture, souvenirs and paintings, presented to President, arms and chattels personal, documents and graphic works, as well as items of decorative and applied arts, etc.
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The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation
The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation was built under the project of the world-famous architect Norman Foster, on special occasion to hold “Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions”. Its unique feature is not only in the purpose it was erected for, but also in the ‘Fibonacci Golden Section” concept used in this pyramid construction. Its basis is a 62x62m square, its height is 62 m, too.
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The construction of the top public official’s residence using the latest technologies took 3 years. The building height with the spire amounts to 80 m, whereupon the ground floor height is 10 m. The ground floor excursion includes visiting of the Grand Central Hall totaling 1,800 m2, Hall of Press Conferences, Gala Hall, Winter Garden.
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To go round the country, especially such as Kazakhstan, the ninth largest in the world, for an hour should seem impossible. However everybody who wishes may have such opportunity – to become Gulliver for some time and see the country spread before the eyes. To do so, one should visit ethno-memorial complex “Atameken – Map of Kazakhstan”, built under the project of well-known architects and designers.
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If you want to plunge into childhood, walk along a seabed, visit miniatures museum, know all resources of media-technologies in 3D cinema theater, then do not miss an opportunity to visit the entertainment center Duman on the Astana left bank area.
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The shopping and entertainment center “Khan Shatyr” was open in July 2010. It can be called one of the Astana latest landmarks, because its architect was famous Norman Foster, who had designed many structures not only in Astana, but also in London and many other world’s country.
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Late in year 2005, Astana had a UFO in a form of a “flying dish” landed in its territory. But very soon it was found out, that it was not a visit of extraterrestrial civilization, but a new metropolitan circus.
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Khasret Sultan Cathedral Mosque
One of the most modern attractions of Astana, the young Kazakhstan capital, is the Khasret Sultan Cathedral Mosque. The colossal building resembles an oriental palace, whose construction involved over 1,500 builders and masters, who with joint efforts created the most beautiful landmark of Astana.
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Entertainments in Astana:
The most popular Astana theaters are the Russian Drama Theater named after M. Gorky and National Opera and Ballet Theater named after K. Baiseitova.
Shopping entertainment center MEGA along with a range of products from supermarket and boutiques, may offer its visitors a cinema theater with six cinema halls, children’s park with area equal to that of playing field and so on. Another equally large shopping center is Keruen, located in the very center of the Kazakhstan’s capital, not far from the country’s symbol– Bayterek.
Astana’s restaurants differ with their cuisine: the first ones have Kazakh national dishes prevailing in their menu, the second – European ones, while the third – Asian, with accent to Japanese ones. In addition some of them may offer na extended menu, which includes many world’s cuisines. It should be noted, that, some restaurants may boast with an excellent wine list or wide choice of beer brands.
Exhibitions in Astana
Astana international and local exhibitions established long ago a reputation as efficient show floors to promote products and services of Kazakh business, exchange experience and demonstrate the achievements. The exhibition arrangements are held in Astana at high level and attract a great number of visitors. In year 2017 Astana will host EXPO-2017 – one of the major and prestigious international exhibitions. In “Exhibitions & Events” section you will find information on cultural events, festivals and public actions to be held in the city. More
Places of interest in Astana vicinity:
Korgalzhin National Park
Korgalzhin National Park is the largest reserve in Kazakhstan. This amazing site is found 30 km to south-west from Astana, occupying the territory of about 258,900 ha, including 198,000 ha of water surface. The reserve territory includes two large lakes – Tengiz and Korgalzhin. More