Modern capital of Kazakhstan Most of Central Asian cities compete, which city is older, but the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana city, has completely different record - it is one of the youngest capitals in the world. In just 10 years from a small regional center, having received in 1997 the status of the capital, the city has grown more than 3 times, both in area and in population.
Record-holder in terms of construction Astana was declared a special economic zone. The accelerated pace of construction and nationwide support allowed in the shortest period of time to build in the steppes of Kazakhstan the metropolis with a unique look and style.
The ultra-modern metropolis Excellent architectural ensembles, modern hotels, business centers, mirrored skyscrapers, the wide avenues and beautiful promenades, and all this with the use of advanced technology and design, and in conjunction with the Asian coloration - this all in present time Astana shows to the tourists. This unprecedented and ambitious project of urban development was carried out under the guidance of world-known architects Kisho Kurokawa and Norman Foster. In 1999 Astana on the initiative of UNESCO was awarded the prize "City of Peace".
Brand new tourist center Today the city continues to grow. Every day increases not only the number of administrative and residential buildings, but also attractions of Astana. There are entertainment centers, museums, theaters, hotels - everything that interests the tourists. A vivid example is entertainment complex "Duman", featuring the Oceanarium (the only one in the world, located more than 3000 km from the ocean), theater, 3D cinema, slot machines, bowling, night clubs, casinos, hotels, cafes, restaurants and an indoor aquapark.
Kazakh version of the Eiffel tower Above the young capital rises at 97 m (and with the globe at 105 m) the monument "Astana-Baiterek". This wonderful object became the symbol of Astana, the symbol of renewal, true symbol of Kazakhstan. This multi-tiered tower made of metal, glass and concrete represents the idea of the Kazakh people about the universe. After all, "Baiterek" means "Tree of Life", and it is the symbol of people preserving their historical roots, but facing the future. Today Astana is known far outside Kazakhstan and is associated by world community not only with Kazakhstan capital but also with the country as a whole. Not surprisingly, that "Baiterek" is compared with New York Statue of Liberty and Eiffel tower. You can climb the panoramic lift of the left to the height of 86 m and look at Astana from a bird's eye view.