Nur-Sultan (Astana)

East of Khan Shatyr, across a park, stand the grand headquarters of the state energy company, KazMunayGaz.

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Nearby Nur-Sultan (Astana) attractions

1. Transport & Communications Ministry

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The tall, gleaming, copper Transport & Communications Ministry, has been dubbed the ‘Lighter’ by irreverent locals. Ironically, there was a fire inside…

2. Nur Astana Mosque

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A block south of the western part of Nurzhol bulvar stands the beautiful four-minaret Nur Astana mosque, opened in 2005. Its prayer hall (for men only –…

3. Khan Shatyr

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Nur-Sultan's most extraordinary building (so far), the Khan Shatyr is a 150m-high, translucent, tentlike structure made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene …

4. Emerald Towers

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

5. Northern Lights

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

6. National Archive


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

7. Bayterek Monument


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…

8. 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…