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“Great place to visit - Hidden Treasure”

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation
Ranked #5 of 135 things to do in Astana
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Included in the entrance fee is a free guided tour (KZ/RU/ENG).
The building is very impressive from the outside as well as inside. Designed by Forster and Partners (UK). Being a pyramid shaped building, is not Forster & Partners (F&P) normally do, they are better known for a more rounded designs. However, I was surprised how spacious and good use of spaces within the building, both from the ground level right up to the top.
Ground - Theatre, Middle level - Art Space, Top - Conference Room (with Presidential lift).
Just below the Top level there is a Plant Area with a set of stairs going up and another set of stairs going down, one of the F&P's signature work.
Lots of glass and nature lights, some with doves and sky design.
The Art Space is both a gallery as well as a real Artist work space.
The Guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.
The shop is quite well stocked, within a small space. I would have expected a building guide/booklet, but there was none, either to buy or a give away.There are building signs, but hard to read/see, as very strong light reflections (see pix).
The shop staff was very helpful, even when they are on a "food" break she came and gave me back the items I brought earlier.
Overall a great place to visit and value for money with a free guided tour.

Thank James W
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Interesting back story...... Certainly worth a visit if you are nearby and have a vehicle. Looks good at night.

1  Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Its a huge and modern pyramide in the middle of EuroAsia. It is pretty far from the center of the city (one hour and half walking), but it is worth.

1  Thank josefdzalonso
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is the central marvel of Kazakhstan's ambitious construction program in its new capital. If in 2033 the country will have managed to use its giant natural resources for the transition into a modern, open, pluralist and democratic society, it will stand for the successful foundations of this process. However, in the current state of top-down modernization without free media and a number of unsolved structural questions, the Western visitor can't help to think of a James Bond set where the future of the world is debated and dissenter risk to be thrown from the top of the pyramid down to quick execution. But with both kind of mental associations, it is worth a visit!

2  Thank HS_ZH
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Take Tenge-cards are not accepted.
The entance area is cavernous and, when we visited on a Saturday morning, there were more staff than visitors. A guided tour was included in our 500Tenge admission fee and our young, helpful and friendly guide spoke English.

The final meeting room at the top of the Pyramid is a must see. We saw it in sunlight and you can see why it is used to host gatherings of religious leaders; it is a bit like being raised to heaven with a halo over your head.

On the way up you see the huge concert hall, the spacious mausoleum like 4th floor (reached by an inclined lift) with its partly domed floor and then the spiral path up through the hanging gardens (including both real and plastic plants). On the way down you see the art exhibition on the 6th floor with artists working away learning from it. All rather charming, if somewhat surreal.

The numerous staff at the cafe seemed to be there for themselves and not for the customers.

Thank KNBD
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