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In September 2003, Astana hosted the First Congress of World and Traditional Religions. Encouraged by the success of the event, which had been his initiative, President Nazarbaev decided to make it a triennial occasion. He also decided that a permanent home would be constructed for meetings of the Congress, which would be a global centre for religious understanding and the renunciation of violence.
In the following year Foster and Partners were brought in as architects, and the building was designed and constructed in the short period of two years, allowing for its opening in September 2006 to host the Second Congress. Taking the form of a pyramid, as a structure with no denominational connotations, the building is named the Palace of Peace and Harmony. The building lies along the axis running through the KazMunaiGas building, Baiterek Tower and Ak Orda, but stands on the opposite side of the Ishim River to the Ak Orda. It is a long walk to get here.

Yesterday I showed the opera with the sun image on the ceiling. The next destination on the tour is the Cheops Atrium (the rooms in the pyramid have mostly been given Egyptian names), a marble-floored central space, rising 40m high. The same sun image is here on the marble floor. The sunlight goes from above through these dark triangle windows to the opera. Here the delegates from the world's main religions and faiths meet, just above the masses that are entertained below.
From Atrium the slanted elevator takes you to the eighth floor, where you are deposited at the base of the Winter Garden. A flight of steps winds up the sides of the pyramid past walls lined with plants in a curious 'hanging garden' effect. The steps take you to the Cradle, the uppermost space of the pyramid.

Sorry for the poor quality, it was very difficult task to make a decent shot.

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Hanging gardens
The unknown tourist in the center of the sun. Here one can see the "windows" clearly.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12448 W: 133 N: 32005] (147839)
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