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Mysterious pyramid of the Palace of Peace and Accord

The Palace of Peace and Accord because of its characteristic form is simply called the Pyramid. It is one of the most recognizable, interesting and controversial buildings of Astana – the new capital city of Kazakhstan.

The pyramid was built in 2006 (architect Sir Norman Foster). The dimensions of the palace: length – 62 meters, width – 62 meters, height – 62 meters. The concept of the palace is tolerance and unity of different religions. Photos by Pavel Kremnev.

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The building can be divided into three main parts. The first part is a large modern concert (opera) hall, which occupies the entire lower part of the Pyramid.

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The second part is an exhibition hall (Keops Atrium), which occupies several floors of the palace. There are several elevators in the Pyramid that move diagonally.

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The top of the palace is called the “Cradle”. It is the third part of the Pyramid. This round table will probably gather the leaders of world and traditional religions to discuss issues of the day.

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By 2030, the Pyramid, standing at the moment almost on the border with the wild steppe, will become the center of the city.

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