According to the results of an opinion poll, many people would like to see what the Akorda Presidential Palace, Kazakhstan, looks like from the inside. Today we'll see who else works there except President and what is seen by foreign delegations who visit the place.
The first brick was laid in September 2011 but the palace opened officially three years after that, on 24 December 2004. During construction of the palace Presidential residence was located in the building that used to belong to the former regional Communist party commission. Now President moved into the Palace and the former building embraces a museum now.
Akorda has become an official residence in the history of independent Kazakhstan. The first one was situated in Almaty and was considered as the only one before the capital was transferred to another place. The building has 5 above ground storeys and 2 underground storeys.
Total area of the main hall is 1 800 square meters. Decor contains elements with Kazakh ornament. The ceiling of the the 1st floor are 10 meters high.
The huge and beautiful candelabrum on the ceiling can't be photographed from the center because of the table.
The hall is intended for meetings of President with representatives of mass media. Earphone jacks mounted in the armchair allow to listen to simultaneous translation.
Lifts are decorated with wood and marble.
The upper floors can be reached by the stairs.
The second floor is occupied by Presidential Administration and other state services.
The usual business atmosphere can be noticed here. The only difference between the place and other offices consists in the fact that a few people can be met here.