Astana

Astana is a modern city with a favorable environment attractive for tourists and comfortable for residents and guests of the Kazakh capital to live in.

Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan since 1997, is situated on a picturesque bank of the Ishim River.

The town of Akmolinsk acquired incorporated status in 1862. It had long been famous for its fairs. Merchants from all regions of Kazakhstan, Russia and the Central Asian countries traveled here. As the development of virgin lands began, the town was renamed Tselinograd and typified the administrative center of an agricultural region.

Since acquiring the status of capital the city’s face has changed dramatically. The architects and builders working in the capital create wonderful architectural ensembles, which harmoniously combine modern design and oriental flair.

Every year the city hosts various international industrial exhibitions, conferences, musical contests and festivals of the Kazakhstani people.

In 1999 by decision of UNESCO, Astana was awarded the title of World City. The city has an opera and Ballet Theater, a drama theater and a variety of museums. The monuments of Astana are a linking element between the new capital and its history, held in esteem by all the people of Kazakhstan.

Astana’s favorable location in the centre of the Eurasian continent makes it an economically advantageous transport, communication and logistics centre, a unique transit bridge between Europe and Asia.

Nowadays Astana besides differing by its refined architecture is also turning into a garden city. The city’s “green belt” is getting wider and accordingly Astana is becoming a green oasis in the centre of huge steppes, being a model of non-polluting megacity. Astana’s mission is to become a cultural and intellectual centre of the Eurasian space and to play a role of the main generator of Kazakhstan’s sustainable development.

Astana is a large political-administrative, business and cultural centre of the republic. All central authorities of the country, diplomatic missions, headquarters of domestic and foreign companies, leading universities, state-of-the-art medical clinics and significant cultural institutions are located in this city.The shift of the capital has given a powerful impulse to Astana’s economic development. The city’s high economic growth rates attract numerous investors. The volume of attracted investments from the time Astana became the capital has increased by 30 times and the total regional product by 90 times. The share of the city’s economic activity contributes to about 8,5 percent of the nations’s GDP.

Where to go in Astana? 

Baiterek_1BAITEREK The monument embodies the Kazakh people’s idea of the universe. The tower construction symbolizes three universe bases – underground, earthly and heavenly worlds.
dumanDUMAN is the first and the only one such type of Aquarium in the CIS. More than 2,000 of sea inhabitants from different parts of the world, the representatives of 100 species of sea fauna , live there.
Xan_ShatirKHAN SHATYR is a huge city’s shopping and entertainment center. It is the world’s largest marquee: its height along the spire is 150 meters, and total area is 127,000 sq.m.
hazret_sultanHAZRAT SULTAN MOSQUE is the largest mosque in Central Asia that occupies the area of 11 ha, which is able to house up to 10,000 people. The mosque was named in honor of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi. 
piramidaPALACE OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION is one of the main attractions of Astana. The Pyramid includes a concert-opera hall, conference hall, exhibition galleries and green house.
OperaBALLET THEATER The main feature of the theater is a unique multi-genre repertoire, which is continuously replenished by masterpieces of world’s and domestic classics and original choreographic production. 
atameken 2ATAMEKEN is the ethno-memorial complex that displays the whole wealth of Kazakhstan in miniatures. The territory has an area of 2 football fields. 
museumNATIONAL MUSEUM is the largest museum in Central Asia with its area of 74,000 sq.m. Exhibit space occupies 14 rooms with a total area of over 14,000 sq.m.
circusCIRCUS has over 300 circus performers, including both young artists with modern numbers, and honored circus artists, the winners of different international competitions. 

flamingoKORGALZHIN NATIONAL PARK is the unique site of wetland, which is inhabited by 300 species of birds, including rare species such as pink flamingo.
expo-vystavkaASTANA EXPO 2017 is the International Specialized Exhibition with the main theme “Energy of the Future”, where take part 100 countries and more than 10 international organizations.
megaMEGA SILK WAY is the biggest shopping center in Astana with 140,000 sq.m., which offers more than 50 world brands such as Calvin Klein, Lacoste,  Zara,  Armani Jeans, Levis®, and so on.










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