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Category: Cities, Local time: 22:31:12, Altitude: 357m, Official WWW website:

Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan . It is situated in the savanna in the cenral part of the country, on the banks of the Ishim River.

Glances into History

The history of the city goes back to 1824, when Russians built a fort and a town called Akmolinsk which was some time later, during the Soviet era, renamed into Tselinograd. The name Astana was introduced in 1997. It became the official capital on 10th December 1997, and it has been developing very quickly since then. The old buildings, built during the Soviet period, were mostly replaced with new ones. Currently, the city has a population of some 708 thousand.

Interesting facts

The dominating landmark of the city is the Bayterek, a tower which looks like a poplar-tree, which is a tree connected with an ancient legend about a magic bird Samuruk. The other tourist attractions are, for example, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (also called the Pyramid of Peace, built in 2006) ; the Islamic Center, built in 2005 and sponsored by the Emir of Qatar; the Ak Orda Presidential Palace ( 2004) , the official residence of the president of Kazakhstan; Monument Otan Korgaushylar; Memorial to the victims of political repressions; Church of Constantine and Yelena; and several museums. In 2010, an amusement park named Khan Satyry was built . It looks like a transparent tent, and comprises a shopping centre, an indoor park, an artificial river, a mini golf course, and an indoor beach.

Transport

The nearest international airport is Astana (14 km) .

Pros

cosmopolitan city
breathtaking architecture
nice weather
delicious meals

Cons

chilly in winter

Suitable for

shopping
history
nightlife
cruises
sport tourism

Why to go there?

old&new architecture
skyscrapers

Transportation and means of transport

railway
air
metro

business travel (industry)

food processing


Information and Facts

GPS: 51.1746, 71.4465
Altitude: 357 m
Last update: 2012-10-15 02:54:49

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The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Transportation and means of transport: railway, air, metro, international airport
The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Pros: cosmopolitan city, breathtaking architecture, nice weather, delicious meals, flat surrounding area, very cold

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