National Archive

Nur-Sultan (Astana)

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

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Nur-Sultan (Astana) attractions

1. Bayterek Monument

0.12 MILES

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…

2. Northern Lights

0.23 MILES

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

3. Emerald Towers

0.26 MILES

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

4. Ploshchad Poyushchykh Fontanov

0.33 MILES

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…

5. Nur Astana Mosque

0.52 MILES

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 –…

6. Transport & Communications Ministry

0.53 MILES

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

8. Samryk-Kazyna

0.54 MILES

Striking headquarters of Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund.