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Capital Of Kazakhstan - Astana
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In 1997 the capital of the country has been moved from Almaty to Akmola.

Akmola means "white grave" in native language. Therefore, due to the dissonant meaning of the word in 1998 the capital was renamed into Astana, which means "capital" in native language.

Citizens of Kazakhstan jokingly say that Astana is our Washington and Almaty is New York. Astana is official capital and Almaty is the city which we love and treasure.

Since 1998 Astana has been the center of economical and governmental life.

Astana was build by the best architectures of the world. The initial idea of the President was to build Astana with eurasian standards. The modern capital has been growing rapidly by attracting more investors and architectures. Many famous architectures from Japan, Great Britain and other countries became authors for many beautifull and modern buildings in Astana.

The modern architectural style with the best traditions of western and eastern cultures fully reflect the image of new capital as a center of economy, politics and culture.

Astana became a pride of new Kazakhstan. A unique city which combines western and eastern cultures.

The active development of Astana has allowed to build a new modern city in the middle of the kazakh steppes.

Bayterek Tower became a symbol of the city. The height of the tower is 105 meters. The top of the tower represents the overgilded sphere, crowning a mythological tree. The philosophy of Bayterek represents a legend of magic bird of happiness Samruk, which nested its eggs on the crown of a high poplar (bayterek means high poplar in kazakh). On the top of the tower there is a platform for sightseeing which enables to see the city from the height of the bird's flight. There is an art gallery, big aquarium and a restaurant inside of the tower.

Today Astana is turning into the main business center of the country. All the non-governmental organizations and embassies of different countries are located there. Every year the city hosts guests for the different international industrial exibitions, conferences, music festivals, etc.

Most of the international conferences take place in the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, pyramid which was especially designed by the famous british architecture Norman Foster. The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation became a symbol of unification of different religions, ethnoses and cultures, opennes of the people and the country to the whole world.

Astana's mission is to become one of the best capitals in the world and it has all the potential to reach that goal.


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