Palace of Peace and Reconciliation
The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation
(also translated as the Pyramid of Peace and Accord) is a 77 m high building in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The structure was built by Sembol Construction at a cost of 8.74 billion Kazakh tenge (about $58 million) and opened in late 2006.
The word Astana in Kazakh literally means Capital but the word itself originates from Persian (Astana, from the verb Istadan to stand (in respect)), and literally means “threshold” (royal or sacred, where people stand in respect or awe), implying where the court is seated (the capital city) or the body of a sacred person in interred (a shrine town) —Wikipedia
Bayterek (Kazakh: “tall poplar [tree]”). The monument is meant to embody a folktale about a mythical tree of life and a magic bird of happiness: the bird, named Samruk, had laid its egg in the crevice between two branches of a poplar tree. ––Wikipedia
Religious leaders met for discussions at the Palace of Peace and Accord