Nursultan’s Nur-Sultan

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Samuel Garrett

Kazakhstan’s capital is a mainstay on lists of the world’s most unusual places. Nur-Sultan, once known as Astana, now bears the name of Kazakhstan’s former president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, whose autocratic rule over the country lasted almost 30 years. Abroad, Nur-Sultan is largely known as a caricatured oddity, its striking Disney-esque architecture inviting an ogling gaze.