The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
Admire Persian miniature paintings and exquisite designs on façades of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a World Heritage Site that's one of the largest and best-preserved architectural complexes of the Timurid period. An impressive turquoise dome, with ochre and blue patterns, makes this edifice a masterwork of architecture. Housing the tomb of the 12th century Sufi master, the complex was built from 1389 to 1405 by Tamerlane, whose death caused it to remain unfinished. Persian masters experimented with the style, which was later used in Samarkand. Use our Turkestan vacation trip planner to visit The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi on your trip to Turkestan, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This beautiful mausoleum is the second most important place for muslim people but is not so special for tourist. If you pass in Turkestan Worth the visit but if you come from Almaty or Astana only to ...  more »
  • Who has the ability in Turkistan should not miss a visit to the dark leave to stay. The entire system is great illuminated and there is a very pleasant atmosphere for an evening stroll. We have stayed with the camper in the nearby parking lot with views of the mausoleum.
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  • If you was in Bukhara or Khiva you will be a little dissapointed. But, in Kazakhstan it's one of most interesting place from middle ages. Mausoleum looks the best from rear side. Front isn't so great  more »
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  • A UNESCO world heritage site. With impressive attached sites and buildings.
  • By all means try to get here if you travel through the region. It is the best memorial showing heritage of this people.
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  • Great place to visit in Turkistan.
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Where to stay in Turkestan

Despite being a popular place of Islamic pilgrimage, Turkistan features relatively few accommodations. Most options lie close to the mausoleum and in a cluster around the main bazaar, all of them pretty basic. They range from slightly larger hotels with restaurants, free Wi-Fi, and standard rooms, to family-run guesthouses offering the same facilities on a slightly smaller scale. Expect to pay extra for a view of the mausoleum from your room.
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