Top 7 tourist attractions in Nur-Sultan
The capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, is a rapidly growing city that stands out from other Central Asian capitals due to its futuristic architecture and modern technologies. The city hosts numerous international political, cultural and economic events. As the city is gaining its spot among the world’s top travel destinations, here is a list of 7 must-visit tourist attractions in Nur-Sultan:
1. Baiterek Tower is one of the most famous attractions in Nur-Sultan, and for good reason. It is not only beautiful, but also important to the culture and history of the Kazakh people. The tower resembles a mythological tree from a story of ancient Kazakh nomads. In this story, a magical bird of life named Samruk lays a large golden egg in its nest. This story is quite apparent in the appearance of the tower.
When you arrive at the Bayterek Tower, you may simply gaze at its beauty, or go inside and view the capital city from the observation deck which sits at 97 meters tall (318 feet). You will not be disappointed!
2. Museum of Future Energy – Nur Alem pavilion is the first technological museum of energy of the future in Kazakhstan. The eight-story building was designed by prominent American architect duo Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill as Kazakhstan’s pavilion at the International specialized exhibition EXPO 2017. After exhibition, the pavilion was transformed into the Museum of Future Energy. Each floor represents a certain type of renewable energy, for example, wind, sun, water and so on.
3. National Museum of Kazakhstan is the youngest and largest museum in Central Asia. The museum opened on July 2, 2014, in a 74,000 square meter building. This huge blue-glass-and-white-marble museum covers the history and culture of Kazakhstan from ancient to modern times. The modern architecture of the museum embodies the city’s futuristic design, while extensive exhibitions presented in the museum showcase the history and culture of the country.
4. Astana Opera was opened by the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, in 2013. The Astana Opera is located on the left bank of the Ishim River. But theatre is not only notoriously beautiful, but it is also quite large! The Astana Opera theatre auditorium can seat up to 1,250 people, while the music hall accommodates up to 250 people. Though fairly new, the Astana Opera keeps up with (and sometimes transcends) other international theatres, drawing attention to itself as a worthy place for acting, music, and performance. When you’re in Nur-Sultan, do yourself a favor and catch a show here.
5. Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is also known as The Pyramid, and for obvious reasons. This pyramid-shaped building represents humanity and religious equality. It was built in 2006 for the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and takes into consideration many faiths such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and many more. The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation also provides educational tools and contains a center for Kazakhstan’s plentiful geographical and ethnic cultures. And you can also catch a show in the 1,500 seat opera house!
6. Hazret Sultan Mosque was built in 2012 and is said to be one of the most beautiful landmarks in Nur-Sultan. This large structure resembles an ornate palace and took over three years to build by over 1,500 workers. The Hazret Sultan Mosque is named after Sufi sheikh Khoja Ahmed Yassawi and is large enough to house over 10,000 people. This is a fully functional mosque, but visitors are welcome to stop by and check out the gorgeous architecture. You will be simply astounded by the beauty you will witness here.
7. Khan Shatyr is a huge tent-like shopping mall. But it’s more than just that! While Khan Shatyr boasts a variety of top designer stores, the mall also includes entertainment such as shows and an arcade center. Perhaps the most stunning feature of Khan Shatyr, though, is the climate-controlled Sky Beach Club. The Sky Beach Club is a waterpark and beach that is situated on the top floor of Khan Shatyr. Here, you can enjoy the warm sand that was imported from the Maldives, as well as various pools and water slides. After a long day of shopping and swimming, don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of the several eateries on site. There is no doubt that your whole family will be entertained at Khan Shatyr!