A young and amazing city of Astana is an epitome of Kazakhstan's ambition. A Heart of the World, this is the title awarded to the Kazakh capital by the UNESCO. The history is being written right here - in a promising economic zone, brand-new scientific area and a vibrant cultural hub.
The first mention of Aqmolinsk (the city's original name) dates back to 1830. Since its founding year, the history was unfolding for the city destined to become Kazakhstan's capital in 1997. Along the Yessil River, two parts of the capital - an "old town" with its instantly recognizable Soviet ambience on the right bank and a futuristic skyscraper city on the left - harmoniously complement each other. Meanwhile, Astana is the world's youngest capital by its residents' median age: an average Astanite is 33 years old.