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Travel guide in your wallet. Guide to the sights of Kazakhstan on the back of the tenge.

13 January 2021

The Kazakh tenge has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most beautiful banknotes in the world. All thanks to the efforts of designers. But how often do we pay attention to the fact that it was drawn on the money. But it can be a real virtual tour. The correspondent of this article “walked” around Kazakhstan, and the domestic tenge became a guide for him.

Before we start our walk, we note that only current tenge samples were used in the selection.

200 tenge – date of issue: November 15, 2006.
What is depicted: buildings of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan)

The building of the Ministry of Transport and Communications can be considered one of the symbols of Nursultan along with “Baiterek”, as it was the first skyscraper built in the capital. It is one of the highest in Kazakhstan. It reaches a height of 155 meters – 36 floors. Being near this high-rise, there is a feeling that the tower crashes directly into the sky and there is no end to it. Perhaps this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the capital. The people called him “lighter”. By the way, this building confirms its nickname – there were fires in it.

The building of the Ministry of Defense is the abode of the central executive body in the field of the armed forces. The building is designed in a simple classical style, with columns. On the roof is a sharp dome, which also goes into the sky, embodying devotion to high ideals. It is located in the heart of the capital, not far from the monument”Baiterek”.

500 tenge – date of issue: November 22, 2017.

What is depicted: gulls flying over the Caspian Sea.

Located in the very center of the continent, Kazakhstan has no access to the sea. However, it is our country that has the longest coastline of the largest drainless lake in the world – the Caspian Sea. This is one of the main riches of our country. The Caspian Sea is larger than the Sea of Azov, and is comparable to the areas of the Black and Baltic Seas. It is considered the largest closed body of water on Earth and contains about 40 percent of the internal waters of the entire Earth.

By the way, because of nesting near the Caspian Sea, local gulls were called “Caspian and gulls”. In Latin, Larus cachinnans, where larus is “a large seabird” and cachinnans means “to laugh”. By the way, after the release of this bill, there was a scandal – the famous Swiss photographer Marcel Burkhard accused the National Bank of Kazakhstan of plagiarism-allegedly his photo of a seagull was used.

1 000 tenge – date of issue: December 1, 2014

What is depicted: Ustyurt plateau (Western Kazakhstan).

The Ustyurt plateau is located between Mangyshlak and the Kara-Bogaz-Gol Bay in the west, the Aral Sea and the Amu Darya Delta in the east. Some scientists believe that this is the border between Asia and Europe.

Cretaceous deposits in the form of rocks, dry cracks here and there, yellow saxaul – everything adds up to a desert relief and resembles the landscapes of another planet from movies about space.

2 000 tenge – date of issue: March 29, 2013.

What is depicted: the Irtysh River.

The length of the Irtysh River is more than four thousand kilometers, this river connects Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Moreover, Kazakhstan accounts for about two thousand kilometers of the Irtysh.

The Irtysh River originates in the mountains of the Mongolian Altai in China and stretches for 525 kilometers. There, the river magnified Artisha. And in Russia, the Irtysh flows into the Ob. Only four rivers in the world (the Mississippi, Missouri, Amazon and Nile) can compete with the Irtysh in length and in water collection area.

5 000 tenge – date of issue: December 30, 2011.

What is depicted: the monument of Independence of Kazakhstan, the building of the hotel “Kazakhstan” (Almaty) and poppy fields.

The Independence Monument is located on the Republic Square in Almaty. It was opened on December 16, 1996. The idea of creating the monument belongs to the President of the Republic Nursultan Nazarbayev. He, during a trip to the Egyptian city of Luxor in 1993, saw a monument in honor of the independence of Egypt. Hence such unusual elements in the design of the monument.

The center of the composition is a stele with a height of 28 meters. It ends with a” Golden Man ” with a height of six meters – the ruler who controls the winged leopard standing up and symbolizes the firm state power on the Kazakh land. At the foot of the stele, on a stylobate, there is a sculptural group consisting of allegorical figures of the “Sage-sky”, “Mother-earth” and two children on foals. The figures are placed on the four sides of the world, from where the life-giving moisture comes, making the earth bear fruit. Children-riders symbolize the youth and great future of our republic.

The center of the composition is a stele with a height of 28 meters. It ends with a” Golden Man ” with a height of six meters – the ruler who controls the winged leopard standing up and symbolizes the firm state power on the Kazakh land. At the foot of the stele, on a stylobate, there is a sculptural group consisting of allegorical figures of the “Sage-sky”, “Mother-earth” and two children on foals. The figures are placed on the four sides of the world, from where the life-giving moisture comes, making the earth bear fruit. Children-riders symbolize the youth and great future of our republic.

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10 000 tenge – date of issue: April 25, 2012

What is depicted: the residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Akorda”.

The residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a palace the size of four football fields. Together with the spire, its height is an impressive 86 meters. And in the design, both characteristic Western building canons and eastern motifs are intertwined. In direct translation from Kazakh, “Accord” means “White Bet”, which is reflected in the color schemes of the palace. Gold, blue and green colors complement the color load and characterize the color scheme of the state symbols of Kazakhstan.

Ak Orda ,right behind the White House in the United States and the residence of the President of Tajikistan in Dushanbe, took third place in the TOP 10 most beautiful presidential residences in the world.

“Ak Orda” became the second official residence in the history of independent Kazakhstan. The first one is located in Almaty and is a monument of architecture, history and culture. It should be noted that the building is located on Nursultan Nazarbayev Avenue and still retains the status of a residence.

By the way, excursions for tourist groups are conducted on “Ak Orda”, while independent visits to the residence by tourists are prohibited. Also, excursions are not conducted when the President of Kazakhstan is in the building. But you can also see the interior of the palace on the official website of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

20 000 tenge – date of issue: December 01, 2015.

What is depicted: – panorama of the capital with the buildings of “Accord”, Parliament and government.

The panorama of the capital of Kazakhstan is a sight worth seeing with your own eyes. This is an architectural ensemble of the residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the parliament and government buildings, skyscrapers of business centers and residential complexes, and, of course, the symbol of Nur-Sultan – the Baiterek monument.

Did you pay attention to what is depicted on the back of the tenge?

Information taken from the site Tengritravel.kz

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