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Bayterek Monument

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Nurzhol bulvar's centrepiece is this 97m-high monument, a white latticed tower crowned by a large glass orb. This embodies a Kazakh legend in which the mythical bird Samruk lays a golden egg containing the secrets of human desires and happiness in a tall poplar tree, beyond human reach. Lifts glide visitors up inside the egg, where you can ponder the symbolism, enjoy expansive views and place your hand in a print of President Nazarbayev’s palm while gazing towards his palace.

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1. National Archive

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The egg-domed National Archive stands just west of the Bayterek Monument.

2. Ploshchad Poyushchykh Fontanov

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The eastern half of Nurzhol bulvar starts with this plaza, which springs to life with music-and-water shows at 9pm on summer evenings. Further east stand…

3. Emerald Towers

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Striking office blocks whose tops splay outward like the pages of opening books.

4. Northern Lights

0.34 MILES

These three undulating, light-green apartment towers are a prominent feature of the western part of the boulevard.

6. Samryk-Kazyna

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Striking headquarters of Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund.

8. Mazhilis

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One of the two towers of parliament.