Independence Square and Kazak Eli Monument, Astana

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Admire a huge independence monument and a stroll around an elevated, marble-paved plateau at Independence Square and Kazak Eli Monument, an impressive memorial complex dominating the landscape of central Astana. The 91 m (298 ft) tall column topped by a gilded statue of the mythical magic bird of happiness, Samruk, overlooks a vast open space with a boulevard traversing it. Sit and chill out on one of the numerous benches--wooden or marble--to take in the spirit of the place. Examine monumental bronze sculptures and elegant marble arches leading to the complex, all of which celebrate Kazakhstan’s independence. Well-lit at night, the square makes a nice spot to view the city skyline. Put Independence Square and Kazak Eli Monument into our Astana tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This has to be one of the largest square I've ever been to. The center monument is impressive. It is so big that it actually took us 10 minutes just to reach the crosslane of the 12 lanes boulevard in...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Independence Square really is one of the most interesting architectural ensembles of Astana. Awesome, like myself, Kazakhstan it is surrounded by a series of interesting architectural objects from mosques and the concert hall to the State Museum of the country. For honeymooners it is included into the compulsory program of visiting and photographing, but I would recommend it not only brachujushhimsja, but also to all visitors of Astana. Excellent objects for architectural photo shoots or sets with models.
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  • July 9, 2017
    The exact use of this building is not clear, but it has a remarkable architecture. Smooth escalators bring you to a quite large painting exhibition. The works are modern, and very locally inspired. I ...  more »

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