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Ask someone whether they would like to visit one of the coldest
capital cities in the world, a place where, in winter, the
temperature can drop below -40, and they may think twice.
Yet, tell them that this city features some of
the most creative modern architecture in the world, and
the temperature does rise to a more comfortable 20+ degrees in the summer
months, then you are sure to raise more interest.
This is Astana, a name famous for its natural
resources, one of the best cycling teams in the world, a dynamic
national airline and of course, its buildings.
It is the capital of the country of
Kazakhstan, the ninth largest in the world. The capital moved away
from the beautiful city of Almaty in the south, and headed north to
the city that was once called "White Grave", or "White Shrine", in
December 1997. The city then changed its name to Astana in 1998.
Being labelled one of the coldest capital cities
on earth, and once bearing the name of White Grave, may make you
think that it is a hard cold city, and yet how wrong you would be.
It is a testament to what forward thinking, enormous amounts of
money, and a few creative architects can come up with. In some
ways, at least on the surface, Astana is very much a city of
In this HD video we share with you some of the
modern architecture that can be seen in Astana, from the
impressive Ak Orda Presidential Palace, to the awe inspiring
Bayterek, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (Pyramid of
Peace), the Khan Shatyry Entertainment Center the beautiful Ishim
River and much more.
HD Video of Astana
Due to time restraints, we do not show you in
the above video some
of the other things there are to do in and around the city.
However, in the video below with Jesper Francl, Interim General
Manager of the Radisson Hotel Astana, he shares with us some
insights into who is travelling to the city, when the best time to
visit and what there is to do, including a visit to see the Pink
Flamingoes in the wild.