Nur-Sultan is a new and unique metropolis, located in the heart of Eurasia. The idea of establishing a new capital belongs to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The city received the status of capital in 1997. A convenient location in the center of the Eurasian continent makes Nur-Sultan an economically beneficial transport, communication and logistics center, a kind of a transit bridge between Europe and Asia.
In the capital of Kazakhstan the history of ancient steppe intertwined with modern high-tech architecture. The main idea behind the construction of Nur-Sultan has been embodiment in the city architecture of a combination of the rationality of the West and the elegance of the East. Technologies and innovative methods of urban planning of the 21st century were used for the construction of the city and transformation of its appearance. Moreover, the world-renowned architects have implemented their best projects here.
“Baiterek” Complex has become the main symbol of the new capital, a hallmark of the city. Among other unique architectural structures are the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, designed by renowned British architect Norman Foster in the shape of a pyramid; “Khan Shatyr” Shopping and Entertainment Center, the tallest building in the world; “Duman”, the oceanarium that is most distant from the sea; “Astana Opera” Opera and Ballet Theater; “Hazrat Sultan”, the largest mosque in Central Asia; the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God; Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Archdiocese of the Mother of God; “Beit Rachel Chabad Lubavitch” Synagogue; “Kazakhstan” Central Concert Hall; “Kazakh Eli” Monument; the Museum of Modern Art and the Presidential Cultural Center.