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What the papers say - THE SUNDAY TIMES

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Construction begins next month on a spectacular 62m tall pyramid in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana. Designed by architect Norman Foster and commissioned by Kazakhstan's president Nazarbayev, the 62m wide pyramid is intended to symbolise ethnic and religious reconciliation. Made of a steel diamond-pattern lattice clad in silver-grey stone, the building will house a circular meeting chamber, world religion research centre, library, 1,500 seat sunken opera house and 'hanging gardens of Astana'. It is due to open June 2006.

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