Ploshchad Poyushchykh Fontanov

Nur-Sultan (Astana)

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 twin golden-green, conical business centres: the southern one contains the headquarters of Samryk-Kazyna, Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund. Curving away left and right from these towers are the two wings of the House of Ministries, flanked by the Senate and Mazhilis, the towers of parliament. Straight ahead stands the white-pillared presidential palace, the Ak Orda.

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2. Samryk-Kazyna

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Striking headquarters of Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund.

3. 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…

5. Mazhilis

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One of the two towers of parliament.

6. Senate


One of the two towers of parliament.

7. National Archive

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

8. Ak Orda

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Grandiose building that houses the offices of the president of Kazakhstan. You can only admire it from the outside.