Today you will visit some of the main sites of Astana, including the National Museum, Mosque of Hazret Sultan, the Astana-Baiterek Monument, the Temple of Peace and EXPO centre area. Overnight in Astana.
Overnight in Hotel Kazhol, Astana
Meal plan: Breakfast
National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the largest museum in Central Asia, it covers 74,00 square metres and has nine floors. It includes halls such as the Hall of Gold, Hall of Anicent and Medieval History and Halls of Modern Art. It is a spectacular cultural institution with unique architecture.
The 100-metre-tall Astana-Baiterek Monument was constructed and opened in 2002. Kazakh legends speak of Baiterek being the 'Tree of Life', where the holy bird of happiness laid a golden egg at the top of this tree. Depicted by a large glass ball at the top of the tower, the egg is believed to symbolise the sun, life and happiness.
The Temple of Peace, also known as the 'Pyramid of Peace and Accord', consists of five separate triangles which represent the telling of different stories. Since its construction it has predominantly functioned as accommodation for the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. It has become known as the place where different cultures, traditions and nationalities coexist in peace.
Located in the capital of Kazakhstan is the largest mosque in Central Asia, Hazret Sultan. The dome reaches an astonishing 51 metres in height and the mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The mosque houses traditional Kazakh ornaments and boasts a classical Islamic style. It is utilised for weddings, bathing rituals and Koran readings. Its 80 metre spire was built to face towards Mecca, the holiest city in the Islamic religion.