Silk Road & Beyond


Turkistan Islamic Architecture
Turkistan Islamic Architecture
Turkistan is over 1500 years old, a flourishing centre of civilisation during the time of the Silk Road, which contains more historical relics than any other city in modern Kazakhstan.

Turkistan is an important place of worship for Moslems, the Mausoleum of Hodja Ahmed Yassaui has attracted many pilgrims over the centuries.

An outstanding poet and humanitarian scholar Yassaui established a theological school attracting those craving for knowledge both from the neighbouring cities and outlying steppes of Kazakhan and the city became a significant centre of enlightenment.

At the age of 63, Hodja Ahmed Yassaui dug himself an underground cell next to the mosque and lived there until he died in 1166 when he was buried with great honour. At the end of the 14th century, Timur the Great (Tamerlaine) built a mausoleum over the site of the grave, which displays the wonderful Timurid style of architecture. Three visits to Turkistan are equivalent to making the Hajj to Mecca.

Also of interest in Turkistan are the mausoleums of Rabiga Sultan Begimi, the granddaughter of Tamerlaine and the Kazakh Khans Yesim, Ablai and Abulkhair-khan, as well as a well restored medieval bath house.
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