The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan

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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. To visit The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi on your holiday in Turkestan, and find out what else Turkestan has to offer, use our Turkestan day trip planning website .
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  • 44 meters height and 35 rooms of variouse sizes are located around the main Dome. Amaizing and huge construction implemented in 13-14th century. There are alos several historical buidlings located in ...  more »
  • The mausoleum is located in the central southern part of Kazakhstan and Turkistan. Islamic preacher Ahmed yasawi dedicated. Originally had a small temple, but began construction of buildings larger than life of Tamerlane, but over unfinished upon his death. It sees from a wooden scaffolding remain in front of the temple, you can. Inside, women hide their head in a scarf or hat. Salon Central throat big kiln was placed around the room, drawing room, Chapel, library, Ahmed yasawi mausoleum is located at the back. Went out with Ahmed yasawi's last training around the underground mosque, with a blue tiled dome Rabia Sultan Begum mosque, the old baths are filled with attractions, such as the city walls were rebuilt.
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  • The mausoleum has been much restored is very large. The outside walls are colored tiles. Inside a large central room surrounded by various clubs: the burial, the Palace, kitchens, etc. is interesting even if it doesn't have the grandeur of the monuments of Samarkand.
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  • The highlight of Turkistan, very impressive and magnificent, inside not very beautiful, very simple and no good decorations as the outside of the building.
  • Great for a day trip from Shymkent.
  • A UNESCO world heritage site. With impressive attached sites and buildings.
  • Incredible building !
  • 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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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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