The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is one of the sights of the capital. The Pyramid has become the symbol of unity of different religions, ethnicities and cultures, the openness of the population and the state to the world. The idea of the construction of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation belongs to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev. It was presented by him at the “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions” in Nur-Sultan on September 23-24, 2003. In 2006, delegates and participants of the second congress visited the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.
The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is designated for holding the “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”.
The Pyramid is the center of religious studies and religious tolerance.
The author of the project is a famous British architect Norman Robert Foster. Norman was awarded the Praemium Imperiale and the Pritzker Architecture Prize. His works include the Clyde Auditorium, also known as Armadillo of Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Mary Axe Skyscraper in London, Hearst Tower in New York and other amazing constructions.
On the first floor of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, there is a salon “Aru-ART”, where they sell souvenirs, handicrafts and pieces of decorative and applied arts. There are items of fur, felt fabric, wood, metal, and designed jewelry.
The big Opera Hall which is capable of seating 1,302 spectators is the pride of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. The hall is equipped with modern musical and light equipment and corresponds to the world standards. The stage of the Opera Hall is a complicated construction; it consists of the main stage, two side stages, and the back stage.
Up to 70 musicians can play music in the orchestra pit. For the convenience of actors and performers, 19 dressing rooms were organized near the Opera Hall; they are located on three floors. Besides concerts and performances, the Hall is used for holding seminars and conferences.
If you come up the main stairs you will arrive at the biggest hall “Atrium”. It is decorated with white marble and is capable of seating up to 500 spectators. At the top of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, there is a hall called Cradle. From its dome, there is a great view of streets and buildings of Nur-Sultan, and the President’s Park which brings to the residency of the President of Kazakhstan. The hall on the top floor is used for holding seminars and meetings; it seats up to 100 people and is equipped with the modern simultaneous interpretation equipment.
On the sixth floor, there are premises belonging to the modern art center “Kulanshi”. The area is 1000 m2. They organize rotating exhibitions of Kazakhstani artists and artists from other countries there. Original lithographs of Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso, as well as graphic arts of Durer and Rembrandt, are presented in the permanent exhibition there. The center is open from 10.00 to 18.00 on weekdays, and from 11.00 to 15.00 on weekends.
The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is popular among the people of Kazakhstan. In 2008, they honored the 10th Anniversary of Astana with a commemorative coin. The image of the famous pyramid was on this coin together with other architectural monuments of the capital of Kazakhstan. Stamps, posters, and tourist brochures are decorated with the image of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.
You can take a tour around the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in three languages: English, Kazakh, and Russian. The tours are held from 10.00 to 18.00 every day. The ticket price for adults is KZT 600, for children – KZT 400.
The address of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is 57 Tauelsizdik Avenue; it is located in the center of Nur-Sultan. You can take city buses No. 4, 14, 19, 21, 29 and 40 to get there.
The elevators move diagonally in the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. There are 5 elevators in total, one of them is presidential.
The width of the pyramid can change depending on changes in temperature. It is built from glass and metal in exact accordance with the standards of the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Taking into account the sharply continental climate of the city, the architect constructed the foundations of the building on sliding supports; therefore, the steel frame is mobile: in winter, during severe frosts, the structure is compressed. Variations in the size of the building width can reach up to 6 centimeters.
On the top floor, there is a hall called “Cradle”. It has a glass dome, and 130 doves are depicted on it. They symbolize different nationalities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.