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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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Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on brilliant new buildings.

1. The Nur-Astana Mosque, one of the biggest in Central Asia. The sixty-three-metre-tall minarets represent Mohammed’s age at the time of his death.

2. The Baiterek, towering over Astana’s central promenade, flares green against the evening sky. 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 tree each year.

3. The alabaster white pillar known as the Kazakh peoples’ monument is topped by the mythological golden Samruk. The monolith is a beacon for visitors, like these ethnic Kazakhs visiting Astana from the southern city of Taraz.

4. After dark, government buildings change hues as the night progresses, creating a theme park atmosphere. The presidential palace suggests a gaudy version of the White House. Prize-winning British architect Norman Foster is one of many foreigners who helped shape the city. His purple Khan Shatyr shopping mall has an indoor sand beach and wave pool on the top floor.

5. Traditional yurt dwellings on display before a monument.

6. Floral flourishes decorate Astana, Kazakhstan’s Nurzhol Boulevard, or “Radiant Path.”

7. A flock of giant doves flutters on a stained-glass conference room ceiling at Astana’s Palace of Peace and Harmony. The 203-foot-high pyramid designed by Norman Foster provides spaces for worshippers of all religions.

8. Construction cranes at night, with the new Astana in the background.The photograph was taken from the older, Soviet section of the city.

9. Inside the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, the world’s tallest tensile structure. The building, designed by Foster and Partners, took four years and four hundred million dollars to build. The interior features a beach, made of sand imported from the Maldives, and tropical plants from Spain.