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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  • The mausoleum and surrounding buildings are seriously impressive, and if you travel outside of peak season you'll almost have the place to yourself! Just don't expect anyone to speak English. It's wel...  more »
  • Hello Dear guests! My name is Ismail, I organize excursion and pilgrimage tours in 5 languages (in Russian, English, Kazakh, Turkish and Uzbek languages). The Mausoleum of Akhmet Yasawi, the settlement of Sauran, Otrar, the mausoleum of Arıstan Bab, Sayram, Ukash ata, Domalaka Ana, Ibrahim Ata, Karashash Ana, Korkyt ATA Mausoleum, Aisha Bibi, Akyrtas, Karahan Ata and Necropolis of Tecturmas. Bodies. + 7 777 095 38 45, + 7 707 187 87 66
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  • The mausoleum has some typical, (for this region) brick and tile work on the exterior. Don't expect it to be of the standard found in neighbouring Uzbekistan but it was good to see the mausoleum was b...  more »
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  • All items have an explanation only in Kazakh language. The building is beautiful.
  • There are illegal scammers operating at the mausoleum who say it's illegal for you to photo but they can take a picture of you for a price. The security is also in on with the rude scammers. Not sure if administration has dealt with them.
  • The most historically significant building in Kazakhstan.
  • Very interesting historical place
  • The mausoleum of Hoja Ahmed Yasawi is located in the city of Turkistan in South Kazakhstan region. It was built in 1396-1399 on the orders of great ruler Amir Temir (Tamerlan or Timur) (1336-1405) by Persian masters. The mausoleum refers to Hoja Ahmed Yasawi, the Sufi Sheikh of Turkistan, who lived here during the 11th century CE and is buried in the town. Hoja Ahmed Yasawi had a great authority among Muslims in the region and had an impact on Islam in Central Asia. Because of his influence and in his memory the city became an important centre of spirituality and Islamic learning for the peoples of the Kazakh steppes and all Turkic muslim nations. The mausoleum is a masterpiece of Central Asian architecture representing the architectural heritage of past centuries. In June 2003, the Mausoleum received the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Welcome to Turkistan city of Kazakhstan 🇰🇿
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