April’s Astana Shapes and Sizes

If you are going to have a capital in the northern part of Kazakhstan, you might as well have some remarkable features about it in the architecture. The buildings all over Astana have names attached to them according to what they look like, they serve as landmarks because street names are too confounding. (Why? Because some streets have old Russian names, others have new Kazakh names)  Best to tell the taxi driver the name of the landmark instead of a street address.  With no mountains and no trees to speak of (except those young, newly planted ones that are finally showing neon green leaves), you must put your money and energy into shapes and different sizes of buildings.  I’ll focus on photos I’ve taken in the last month or so.  Tomorrow will be the GRAND May day celebration that is a holiday all over the former Soviet Union.  I may have photos from how the different places around Astana are festooned.

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    Mckinze said,

    what is the thing at the top

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    kazaknomad said,

    McKinze, are you referring to the Baiterek? It looks like a space needle with a ball at the top. Look it up yourself under the name of Baiterek, the meaning escapes me but I’m sure Google will yield more information for you.


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