One of the main symbols of the modern Astana is the Baiterek monument - a beautiful tower in a futuristic style, which in the evening is decorated with a spectacular artistic illumination. In fact, this tower is an original entertainment centre, with several cafes opened within, some art galleries present, and spacious rooms decorated with aquariums with live fish. At the top of the tower, which is shaped as a huge globe, there is an observation deck.
The world-known Hazrat Sultan mosque is also based in Astana - the largest mosque in Central Asia. It was built in 2012, and it is hard to find another mosque that would look as beautiful. Snow-white building of the mosque is built in accordance with all national traditions, and on the inside the mosque is decorated with plush turquoise carpets, huge crystal chandeliers and gold leaf finish. This attraction is also interesting to observe after dark, as it is decorated with spectacular illuminations. In front of the huge building is a spacious plaza with dancing fountains.
A visit to the Palace of Peace and Accord should definitely be part of your tour, this cultural centre was built in 2006. It is an incredibly beautiful building, done in the form of an Egyptian pyramid, with façade finished in mirrored tiles. Within the walls of this centre there are regularly interesting exhibitions and cultural events held for tourists. In the centre one of the most popular souvenir shops is located.