Ak Orda Presidential Palace
|Akorda Presidential Palace|
|Current tenants||Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan|
|Roof||80 m (260 ft)|
|Floor area||36,720 m2 (395,300 sq ft) (total)|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Mabetex group|
The Akorda (Kazakh: Ақорда/Aqorda, اقوردا - "the white horde") Presidential Palace is the official workplace of the President of Kazakhstan, located in the capital city of Astana. Akorda Presidential Palace was built within three years, and officially opened in 2004. It was built by the Mabetex group., founded by Behgjet Pacolli 3rd President of Kosovo and 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo.
Situated on the left bank of the Ishim (Esil) River, it is the president’s place of work and houses the staff of the Presidential Administration; it is not the president’s place of residence. The palace includes a blue and gold dome topped with a spire. This golden statue atop the dome includes a sun with 32 rays at its apex, and also includes a steppe eagle flying beneath the sun.
The building's height (including the spire) is 80 meters. The first floor includes a Grand Central Hall, the Hall of Press Conferences, the Gala Hall, and the Winter Garden. The second floor includes offices, while the third floor is used for international events, and includes various halls (Marble Hall; Golden Hall; Oval Hall; Oriental Hall, built in the form of a yurt; the Hall of Extended Negotiations). The fourth floor includes a Dome Hall, meeting hall for the Government of the Republic, and the Library.
The color gold features prominently throughout the complex and twenty-one types of marble were used for the floor patterns.
2006 series 10,000 tenge note featuring Akorda
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