Astana

It’s been over four years since I was in Astana, but the memory of this capital city’s architecture keeps returning to me. So, when I stumbled upon these photos in search of another image, I decided to put a few more up.

This futuristic city was proposed and then built in 1997 on the remains of Soviet buildings nearer to the Russian border than the previous capital, Almaty. Over the next 15 years, more and more fanciful buildings sprung up, world-class architects often given carte blanche in their designs.

I hope to visit this wondrous and creepy city again soon, but this time in spring because winter winds blowing across the steppe froze me to the bone.

To see more photos and a video created by me, visit this blog post from 2011.

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