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New Capital of Kazakhstan

Akmola

TselinoGrad

Astana

Akmola, which could be translated from ancient Turk as "white grave" was a small willage in endless Kazakh steppe. In 1950-s Khruschev made a call: Everyone should go for uprising of virgin lands. And millions of peasants, mainly from Russia and Ukraine, moved with families into this wild and deserted country. For many of young people this was real chalenge and there were really very many volunteers and enthusiasts came here to build new life. Administrative center of the new region could not have such an unpleasant name and new town was named: Tselinograd. "Tselina" in Russian and Ukranian means "Virgin lands" (Virginia ;-))).

After fall of the Soviet Union there was a wave of renaming of all Russian names (not only Soviet ones) in Northen Kazakhstan (even ancient Russian town Guriev was renamed). Name Akmola was returned, but not for too long time. To prevent splitting Kazakhstan into to parts (Russian-speaking and Kazakh-speaking), president Nazarbaev desided to move capital from Almaty (Alma-Ata) to the north. Name Akmola again apeared to be rather unpleasnat for that. And new giant and modern megapolis appeared on the world map - Astana.

I Kazakh this means just "a capital".

  • Last visit to Astana: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 17, 2008
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    fascinating country , we have to visit , because we never hear about it

  • GyuriFT's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 4:13 AM

    I also remember the "khruschevka" buildings being called... "khruschobina" - describes them also pretty well :-/

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2006 at 2:35 AM

    Good insight into the new capital of kazakhstan :)

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2005 at 6:22 AM

    I'm not sure whether I want to go there. Thanks for the info.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2003 at 4:03 PM

    Good information, Pavel; after reading your "weather" tip, I will never complain again of the weather in my country!!!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2003 at 1:13 PM

    an interesting location, Pavel !

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2003 at 4:24 PM

    A gorgeous photo to start you off here, I will be back. Thank you.

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