"Astana has been renamed as Nur-Sultan, as a tribute to former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who recently resigned. Astana replaced Almaty as the capital in 1997 and boomed from a minor provincial steppe town into a futuristic city. The name Astana literally means ‘capital’ in Kazakh and there has long been speculation it could, at some point, be renamed after the leader who shaped it."
St. Petersburg was the classic example of a forward capital that was renamed after the visionary leader responsible for that change. The world now has another example of this phenomenon.
GeoEd Tags: political, Central Asia, Kazakhstan.
Scoop.it Tags: political, Central Asia, Kazakhstan.