"ASTANA – Architecture, Myth & Destiny" by Frank Albo

Since the very first moment human beings have started imagining the Gods and/or any supernatural force governing the world, they have felt the need of giving shape to those entities and sometime of locating them in particular places. They started with forests, rivers, lakes, caves or mountains which were considered sacred, and eventually they built for them – for their Gods – specific buildings: temples.

Once upon a time it was like that. And still is.

A great example of how human beings still try today – in the 21st century – to give shape and accommodate unknown entities, energies, spiritual forces in powerful places and buildings is Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.

Architects like Norman Foster, or Manfredi Nicoletti, and engineers like Buro Happold contributed to the impressive Master Plan behind the design of some of Astana's most mysterious buildings. Many of them – massive buildings which stand out like futuristic cathedrals in the Kazakh desert – clearly bear hidden, somehow esoteric symbols.

To decipher that sort of code now we have a precious tool: a great book recently published, Astana – Architecture, Myth, and Destiny, by professor Frank Albo.
Albo holds graduate degrees in ancient Near Eastern languages, art history, and a PhD in the history of architecture from the University of Cambridge. His previous publication, The Hermetic Code - Unlocking One of Manitoba's Greatest Secrets was a best-selling book, a code-breaking research which "unravels a Rosetta Stone of mystical architecture in the heart of North America".
With Astana – Architecture, Myth, and Destiny Frank Albo embarks upon a new adventure to unlock the secrets of one of the "youngest" capitals in the world, and yet one of the most mysterious ones. It is the vision of a man – President Nursultan Nazarbayev – and of an entire nation; it is a city redesigned to encompass symbols and traditions rooted in the history of Kazakhstan, in myths and religions, but also in esoteric movements like the Freemasonry and the Illuminati.
The Bayterek Tower, which "veils" its meaning as mythical tree of life, the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, significantly shaped as a pyramid, or Norman Foster's Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, designed as a transparent tent, are only few examples of the city's outstanding buildings. A city which is either opened to visions of a dynamic and futuristic urbanization, or to preserve the traditions and believes of an ancient nation.
Frank Albo's book is a fascinating journey through the frozen streets of Astana (one of the coldest capitals in the world), aimed at deciphering the code which constitutes the language of The Master Plan behind its construction.
A journey every researcher of esoteric traditions and every lover of sophisticated architecture should go on.

Martin Rua

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