August 22, 2013

Baiterek Monument, Kazakhstan

Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

The Baiterek, towering over the central promenade in Astana, Kazakhstan, flares green against a dappled evening sky. Intended as a symbol of the new capital, the 318-foot monument evokes a giant tree with a golden egg in its branches. In the Kazakh myth of Samruk, a sacred bird lays a golden egg in the branches of a poplar each year.

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38 comments
Dimash Yerbolov
Dimash Yerbolov

You're all more than welcome to Kazakhstan! Come and visit, it's worth it

Julissa Rodriguez
Julissa Rodriguez

one day i hope to see many beautiful places like this global 

Eric Krowitz
Eric Krowitz

Woweee----this is one great pic.The colour,content and general view of  it is magnificent.

Adam Allred
Adam Allred

I never would have guessed this picture to be of Kazakhstan!

Gabby Englander
Gabby Englander

That's an amazing picture! Great job to whoever took that!

Shannon T
Shannon T

Fantastic. Thank God it's in color.

ajdin c.
ajdin c.

wow..what a spectacular colors mixed with a nature..

Joseph Montesrin
Joseph Montesrin

That looks like an amazing city! I read about Astana in the National Geographic Magazine! :)

Arlucio Viana
Arlucio Viana

What a perfect picture! The colors, the beautiful garden, the lights from the buildings and as a deep breath of a real childhood, the boys with them kites.

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Beautiful photo. It really captures the spirit of the city and the people.

As a high school student with a passion for photography I always turn to Nat Geo for inspiration and it never lets me down! My work can be found here: http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/

pawan kumar
pawan kumar

clean city, good architecture, nice shot but still clouds make all the difference

Once again
Once again

Lovely colors, i like the sky too seems a perfect time to catch the buildings and the monument with the sky

Alan McIvor
Alan McIvor

FC shakhtar karagandy good luck in return leg =)

Enyi Guo
Enyi Guo

Kazakhstan world no.1. All the other countries are ran by little girls!

Ankur Ankxy Ghosh
Ankur Ankxy Ghosh

paser DebapriyaDa  kichhu bollona , tai aar comment dilam na !!

Steven G.
Steven G.

What wonderful use of space and color

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Pretty as a bauble.

And just as much soul.

orange Doctor
orange Doctor

thx NGEO.great photo Gerd Ludwig, with great story.thx for telling us about  the Kazakh myth of Samruk,..

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