The Baiterek Monument is one of the most recognizable monuments of the capital of Kazakhstan. The idea belongs to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The idea of building the monument arose on board of the presidential plane during the flight. The plan of the futuristic design was depicted on a napkin paper. The monument itself contained a profound philosophical meaning, interpreting the views of the ancient nomads.
The Ishim river (the left bank of Irtysh) embodies the World River, on the shore of which there grows the “Baiterek” Tree of Life”. According to Nazarbayev, “anyone who rises up Baiterek, will absorb the steppe breadth of Kazakhstan”. In the center of the hall there is a wooden globe with autographs of representatives of 17 religions. Nearby there is the Ayala Alakan composition.
Visitors to Baiterek monument believe that a wish, made while putting the palm into the imprint, will certainly come true.
The author of this project, like of many other unique buildings of the capital, was the English architect Norman Foster. Construction took place under the guidance of domestic architects B. Islamov and A. Rustembekov. Having assembled a talented team of designers, engineers and designers, they rose a magnificent structure, which became not only a symbol of the capital, but the country. The construction of Baiterek monument took 6 years and lasted from 1996 to 2002.