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About Turkestan

Turkestan is the most ancient center of southern Kazakhstan; in the Middle Ages, the city was the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. Where the Great Silk Road ran, on the edge of the vast Kazakh steppe, the solemn ceremonies of the khans’ accession to the throne were performed. Each stone in the city is filled with a rich spiritual history, and tourists around the world are eager to see architectural masterpieces with their own eyes and plunge into stories and legends that are filled with deep meaning and carry the memory of ancestors, their strength and gift.

Here you can see the main architectural monument, an unsurpassed masterpiece of medieval architecture - the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, with an elegant tiled mosaic on the stone slabs. The mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, having world-famous complexes of historical and cultural landmarks, is entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Persian masters brought here the high art of ceramic glaze. The mausoleum was built by the order of Amir Timur in honor of the great enlightener of Central Asia, Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, and it is considered one of the tallest ancient buildings in Central Asia.

In ancient times, the main forty-meter dome pointed the way to the steppe equestrians. The Great Timur built the most beautiful architectural structures not only as a tribute to the memory but also for the enemy hordes to stand in admiration when arrived at this city and not to destroy it. Many archaeological sites were destroyed, but to the present day, they are included in the historical and cultural reserve − the Otrar Oasis.

The main sights of Turkestan and South Kazakhstan: the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, the Arystan Bab Mausoleum, the Gauhar Ana Mausoleum, the Mausoleum of Shahan Ata, the Mausoleum of Ukash Ata, the Mausoleum of Domalak Ana, Karabura, Akbura, the picturesque ruins of the ancient city of Sauran.

However, you will be eminently amazed by the soul of people, the residents of Turkestan − they are very friendly and bright, and there is no other way in this amazing city.