Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan that was actually built 10 years ago. That time not many people were eager to move from the former capital of Almaty to the new place. But now the city can be proud of a plenty of picturesque constructions some of which will be shown below.
Khan Shatyr is a strange-looking and giant construction that can’t help catching one’s eye.
The transparent tent which is 150 meters high was built in 2006-2010.
It is situated at the very edge of the city and is a real tent in the middle of the field.
It looks even more impressive at night when filled with flickering light.
It is not simple to overcome the desire to enter the place at a frosty winter night.
Here is the plan of the tent.
Welcome inside the construction.
Only a small part of the tent is used that is represented by 5 floors only.
The thing in the center is not a thermometer but an elevator.
Enjoying the view of the dome.
The contrast is amazing: palms growing inside look quite comfortable in spite of the fact there is a snowy storm and icy hell outside. When you are in the center and warm, you can still observe the snow through the transparent membrane of the dome. It feels really strange.
The small cabin is used to look around.
Views of the city all covered with snow.
The construction was built at the edge of the city. In future it will be surrounded by such towers. Right now only two of them are present.
It is planned to remove the houses in order the towers could be built instead.
Other views that can be seen from Khan Shatyr.
Bayterek is a monument and observation tower that 97 meters high is located 2 km away from Khan Shatyr.
The monument is meant to embody a folktale about a mythical tree of life and a magic bird of happiness: the bird, named Samruk, had laid its egg in the crevice between two branches of a poplar tree.
Bayterek was designed as a cultural center with a cafe and art gallery but it is practically empty inside.
The construction has two floors only with an elevator going right to the sphere.
An observation ground above.
The viewing platform features a gilded hand print of the right hand of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the first President of the independent Republic of Kazakhstan.
Monument to the Congress of world religions that took place in 2003 in Astana.