The Republic of Kazakhstan shakes the traveler with the grandeur of the boundless steppes and the golden domes of mosques, the blue expanses of Lake Balkhash and the modern buildings of Astana. Kazakhstan is located in the heart of Eurasia, south of the Ural Mountains. Here, antiquity and modernity, eastern traditions and Western modernism intertwined in an unusual way. The boundless southern steppes, mountains and lakes, the Great Silk Road and the Baikonur Cosmodrome are all Kazakhstan.