The Towering Glory and Infinite Weirdness 

In 1991, Kazakhstan became the last Soviet republic to declare independence. Six years later, the government moved from the Almaty to Astana (formerly known as Aqmola). There, with the help of architects like Norman Foster, they built a futuristic city on the remains of old buildings from the Soviet era.

These surreal photographs from Frank Herfort’s Imperial Pomp - Post Soviet Highrise series show us the strangest post-Soviet buildings of Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia.

Two golden towers in Astana, Kazakhstan, also called as ‘the beer cans’ by locals, built in 1998.

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