The embankment of the Ishim River divides the city into two parts: the right and left banks. The Capital’s Park is located on the embankment of the Ishim River. Nur-Sultan Central Park — the capital’s park, formerly known as Astana Park, is the real pride of the city. The capital’s Park of Culture and Recreation is located in the heart of the capital of Kazakhstan, covering an area of 104 hectares. On the territory of the park there is a summer amphitheater-an outdoor concert venue where various events (concerts, championships, competitions and other entertainment) are held. Also, walking along the embankment, you can see the new pedestrian bridge “Atyrau”. It resembles a huge miracle fish, whose scales shimmer in the sun.
The Hazret Sultan Mosque is one of the largest religious complexes in Central Asia. The building, made in the traditional Islamic style and decorated with national Kazakh ornaments, impresses with its beauty and grandeur. The mosque, with an area of about 17,700 square meters, is framed by four 77-meter minarets, each tier of which is illuminated at night. In the center of the complex is the main dome with a height of 51 meters. The capacity of the building is up to 10 thousand people.
The library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is not only a rich library complex with an extensive archive and museum, but also an analytical, cultural, educational and research center. The complex contains publications from the personal library of N. A. Nazarbayev, rare, collectible and old printed publications, presented to the Head of State by other countries. The Library has 8 exhibition areas, where thematic exhibitions are held for significant dates and historically significant events of the state. The total area of the Library building is 30,000 sq. m.
The monument “Astana-Baiterek” is a symbol of independent Kazakhstan and one of the most recognizable sights of Astana. The structure, with an area of 810 sq. m., is made in the form of a tree, with its crowns pointing to the sky, the top of which is decorated with a ball of glass with spacious viewing rooms located inside. Panoramic elevators lift visitors to almost a hundred meters high, offering views of the city. Inside the monument is a model of the new cultural and administrative center of the city. Official and cultural events are held in the viewing halls of the Astana-Baiterek Monument.
The museum and memorial complex of victims of political repression and totalitarianism “ALZHIR” was opened on May 31, 2007 in the village of Akmol. During the Civil War, the Soviet government began to isolate its class and ideological enemies in special concentration camps. During the years of repression, in 1934, the Main Directorate of Camps and Places of Detention was established. One of the divisions of the GULAG was the Akmola camp of wives of traitors to the motherland – “ALZHIR”, where in 1938-1953 more than 20 thousand women from all over the USSR were held.
The Nur Alem pavilion, located on the territory of the EXPO-2017 exhibition complex, has a unique spherical shape, with a diameter of 80 meters and a height of 100 meters. The pavilion reflects the concept of the “Museum of Future Energy”. On the 1st floor of the eight-storey building is the “National Pavilion”, which is divided into two main zones. The Kazakhstan exploration zone presents a variety of diverse and extensive landscapes, culture, history, present and future of the country. From the 2nd to the 8th floor of the spherical building, new types of energy are demonstrated: the energy of space, the sun, biomass, wind, water and kinetic energy.
The theater in Nur-Sultan, founded on the initiative of the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The theater building, built in 2013, is recognized as an architectural monument of national significance. The construction of the building was completed in less than three years. A team of architects, builders and specialists from 33 countries worked on the exterior and interiors of the theater. So, at his suggestion, the height of the main theater foyer was increased. The floor, walls, decorative panels and twisted marble staircases of this foyer are decorated with stacked Sicilian marble.
The museum, dedicated to the great writer, poet, publicist, public and statesman Saken Seifullin, is located in a building that is an architectural monument of the second half of the 19th century. The museum’s collections contain more than 5 thousand items – unique photographs, photographs, books, copies of archival documents, newspaper clippings, personal belongings belonging to Saken Seifullin and his family members, as well as sculptures and paintings dedicated to the writer’s work and life. The exhibition is presented in six halls of the museum. In them you can get acquainted with the modern city of Nur-Sultan, in the past Akmola-the political homeland of Seifullin, where his state and public activities took place.
The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan-was opened on July 9, 2015. Visit to the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which stores priceless artifacts that make up its main fund. These are archaeological finds of several burial mounds, Botay settlement and ancient cities located on the Kazakh territory. The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan has the following halls: the Hall of Astana, the Hall of Independent Kazakhstan, the Halls of Gold, the Hall of Ancient and Medieval History, the Hall of History, the Hall of Ethnography, the Halls of Modern Art.
“Palace of Peace and Harmony” (“Pyramid”) – a place where leaders of world and traditional religions gather. A unique feature of the palace is the inclined elevators, which move diagonally at an angle of 60 degrees. In addition to the Palace, such elevators can be found in the Eiffel Tower in Paris and in the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. The building of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is one of the most recognizable sights of the capital. The area of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is 28 thousand square meters, the base of the pyramid is 62×62 meters, the height is 62 meters.
The Assumption Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The cathedral consists of the lower and upper churches with a total area of more than two thousand square meters and a capacity of up to four thousand people. The temple is crowned with five domes.
Khan Shatyr is a huge shopping and entertainment center in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. Khan Shatyr is a structure in the form of a huge transparent tent, which is considered the largest tent in the world, made of a polymer transparent coating that keeps the heat inside the building all year round. The complex includes a variety of shopping centers, bars and restaurants. There is a private beach “Sky beach”, located on the top floor of the shopping center.