Astana is the heart of Eurasia
Astana is the youngest capital of the CIS with, probably, the most interesting and the most intricate history. Even when it wasn’t built yet but at the stage of a project it was already known to the entire post-Soviet space owing to a brave choice of new location for the main city of Kazakhstan. The President of the Republic was not guided by the principle to choose optimal location for the capital (between the most populated and geographical centers of the country) but proceeded on the basis of more progressive considerations. New capital was supposed to be an impetus for powerful economic and geopolitical development representing the center not only of Kazakhstan but of the entire Eurasian continent. The idea is very bold, large-scale, and difficult to implement. But in a quarter of a century the whole world saw that there was nothing impossible for Kazakh people; the new capital confidently entered the international scene with splendor, scope, and pomposity. They talked about it on all continents and foreign investors saw a huge potential in business development here. Serious funds are invested in the field of health and culture, and the investment in the economy has increased 44 times!
Can anyone now argue about the correctness of the chosen geopolitical position for Astana? Of course, no. Being in the heart of the Eurasian continent, it is equally accessible and open from all sides of the world, at the same time occupying a safe, equidistant from the borders place in the center of Kazakhstan. A European responsible approach to the development of infrastructure, healthcare, and the introduction of innovations in all spheres of public life coexist here with a real Asian flavour, centuries-old traditions, and peculiarities of nomadic culture. It was built in a multinational region for a good reason; now more than 130 different nationalities and ethnic groups live in Astana. Thanks to this, optimal conditions for international integration processes have been formed here which the President of the Republic is certainly proud of.
Today Astana can be called the geopolitical center of cultures. Great attention is paid to the preservation and development of friendly relations between representatives of various nationalities who have been flowing to Kazakh land for centuries and, as a result, formed a multi-ethnic state as it is now. No country in the world can boast such a mixed population that would live in peace and harmony, honouring and respecting traditions, its own history and a country that has become a common home for all. Both Muslim and Orthodox holidays are celebrated here with the same scale, a mosque coexists with a church, believers treat any religion with respect understanding and accepting particular denominations of other nations. It can be said that in Astana, as well as in all of Kazakhstan, your nationality is not so important; people will be equally kind and friendly with everyone who will ask for help, ask a question or even just wants to talk.
Over the years Astana has gained increasing fame as a geopolitical cultural center because the global integration process launched by the President from the moment the decision was made to establish the capital in the center of Eurasia does not stop for a second. Just remember what a furor was caused in the world by EXPO-2017! Awesome exhibition which is still talked about. It brought even greater international fame and recognition to Kazakhstan.
It is the same place that hosts a unique in its essence annual festival of friendship of the peoples of Kazakhstan: Germans, Georgians, Ingush, Ukrainians, Poles, Koreans, Belarusians, Chechens, Tatars, Bashkirs, and other nationalities demonstrate their creativity and reflect friendship and unity of the peoples living on the boundless expanses of Kazakhstan this way.
In Astana a lot of work is also being done to create a World Nomadic Culture Center that can unite all Turkic speaking peoples from the Far East to Eastern Europe, thus attracting even more representatives of Turkic nomadic culture to Astana. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of such events, since the preservation and maintenance of the existence of even the smallest Turkic peoples is a premise for spirituality, humanism, and progress, as the Head of State says.
All these integration processes could not but affect the appearance of the capital of Kazakhstan.
The Eastern flavour presented in a European, modern, and pedantic manner immediately delights and amazes everyone who decides to travel to one of the coldest capitals in the world. But despite the severe fame for its capricious climate, Astana always warmly welcomes its guests. Here is where to go and what to admire:
- The Baiterek National Monument erected just opposite the Presidential Palace. It owns its form to the ancient legend,which for sure to be told to all travelers.
- The Atameken Map of Kazakhstan Ethno-Memorial Complex which is a miniature copy of Kazakhstan fitted on an area of 2 hectares
- The Hazret Sultan Mosque
- Astana Opera State Theatre of Opera and Ballet
- The Khan Shatyr Shopping and Entertainment Center
- The National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Here you can literally touch history, see how our state had been emerging
- The Lovers Park
- The Mangilik El Triumphal Arch
Changing its looks by the light of the sun, in the heat, cold, rain or frost - Astana is beautiful. Flashing with its majestic and unusual buildings, shady parks, amazing wide walkways and streets, Astana shall be imprinted into the heart forever. Perhaps due to this (in addition to its geopolitical position), it is one of the most sought after international sites, along with New York, Vienna, Geneva, and others. The summits of the OSCE, the OIC, the SCO, the Eurasian Economic Community, congresses of the world leaders and traditional religions, all these major events, on outcome of which the fate of millions of people often depends, are often held here. Can we now argue that Astana is the heart of Eurasia?