Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on brilliant new buildings.
1. The Nur-Astana Mosque, one of the biggest in Central Asia. The sixty-three-metre-tall minarets represent Mohammed’s age at the time of his death.
Traditional yurt dwellings on display before a monument.
Construction cranes at night, with the new Astana in the background.The photograph was taken from the older, Soviet section of the city.
9. Inside the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, the world’s tallest tensile structure. The building, designed by Foster and Partners, took four years and four hundred million dollars to build. The interior features a beach, made of sand imported from the Maldives, and tropical plants from Spain.
Fashion Designer from Kazakhstan - Aya Bapani. In left traditiona tajik embroidered textiles - suzani. Other textiles is embroidered wool felt.
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Mashkhur Jusup Central Mosque in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan
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Astana (Астана), Kazakhstan’s Capital City
Along the Ishim River in the center of a vast steppe lies Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana (Астана). Though a functional city since 1830, Astana only became the nation’s capital in 1997. The past 16 years have brought significant architectural developments, many of which display innovative designs to functionally cope with the city’s drastic temperature fluctuations and symbolically reflect traditional Kazakh culture. And where there’s been architectural innovation, there have been numerous Kazakh Instagrammers to share these wonders with the world.
The city’s main landmark, a 105-meter (344-foot) tall observation tower called Bayterek (Бәйтерек), evokes a Kazakh folktale about a bird that laid a golden egg in the tree of life. Astana also boasts a large pyramid structure, The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (Бейбітшілік пен келісім сарайы), built to house space for diverse world religions, a full opera house and a natural history museum beneath the stained-glass doves that adorn its glass apex.
One of the city’s newest additions is the Khan Shatyr entertainment center, a series of parks, shops and sites of diversion spanning 140,000 square meters (35 acres) that is covered by the world’s largest tent. The transparent material allows sunlight in while simultaneously maintaining a stable temperature throughout the year.
Kazakh girl in her traditional regalia playing the ‘Dombra’ in her Yurt (dwelling), Kazakhstan, Central Asia
The dombra is a long-necked, two-stringed instrument, possessing a resonating chamber, somewhat similar to a banjo or a lute, and especially popular in the Central Asian Turkic nations.
The dombra is played by either strumming with the hand or plucking each string individually, with an occasional tap on the main surface of the instrument. While the two strings are traditionally made of sinew, modern dombras are usually produced using nylon strings.
It is a traditional instrument of Central Asia, and is especially popular in such countries as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, among others. The Uzbek dombra is usually unfretted, while the Kazakh dombra is played with a fret…
The Kazakh people are one of the indigenous semi- nomadic Turkic tribes - who have roamed Central Asia over the millenia…
North-East of Ulan-Bator, Mongolia.