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Address: South Kazakhstan Oblast, Turkestan, Kazakhstan
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Description: Built in the 14th century by Tamerlane to commemorate the Sufi leader, the...
Built in the 14th century by Tamerlane to commemorate the Sufi leader, the building is a national symbol.
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Worth the trek and the heat

A stunning building on the outside, with some quirky architecture on the inside. The mausoleum may be a 20 hour journey from Almaty, but it was easily the most beautiful man-made... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

A stunning building on the outside, with some quirky architecture on the inside. The mausoleum may be a 20 hour journey from Almaty, but it was easily the most beautiful man-made thing we saw in Kazakhstan. We appreciated the relaxed vibe on entering, with no fees or dress code. Western tourists are treated like celebrities in the town, as it... More 

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Atyrau, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Impressive unfinished building in Kazakhstan near Shymkent. Good road from Shymkent all the way to Turkestan. This not remote by any means compared to the rest of Kazakhstan! There are plenty of amenities nearby including food, toilet (pay 50 KZT) and shops. Foreign tourists are not common enough so you get the stares from locals when you walk around. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This mausoleum is impressive, it towers above you in the heat of the Kazakh sun, yet the arch of the front of the mausoleum was never completed. Not surprising as the man who designed and built it had just built the impressive Arystan Baba mausoleum prior to the beginning of this one's construction. Inside it is cold, and is home... More 

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Voorburg, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This Mausoleum can compete with the grandeur of the Mausolea in Samarkand or Bukhara. It was above my expectations. It size, its location and purpose as a pelgrim site all contributes to its actraction. The tiles are beautiful. This Masoleum justifies a great detour. Do not miss it!

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traveling cat
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

kept getting something from my guide about how they had refurbished it for some event in 2000 and as such, they took shortcuts like whitewashing the inside walls so the inside is not what it should be and not what it could be. the front is missing all the glorious tiles that you usually find with these mausoleums but the... More 

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istanbul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Türkistan, or Yesi, is a town located in the middle of desolation. However, it has Ahmed Yesevi's mausoleum. I went there to see it by a train journey lasted almost 16-17 hours from Almatı. Aside from Yesevi, there is nothing. It is interesting why he inhabited such a place. As to mausoleum, there was restoration works when I visited. It... More 

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Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The trip was a long planned one and I timed it during the spring break. As expected , I was with many others who went to visit on a cloudy and balmy afternoon. The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi has a remarkable architectural design and the mosaic tiles design all the way to the top of the structure took my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We took an overnight bus to Turkestan to visit the site. Definately worthy if you have an interest in the history both before and after the Great Game era of the 19th century. You can visit shymkent too which isnot too far from the city. A much busier city.

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Temirtau, Kazakhstan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

As Kiev Pechersk Lavra for orthodox christians, as Moscow Kremlin for russians the mausoleum of Khoj Ahmed Yasawi seems to be saint and sacred place for kazakhs, where the history of modern Kazakhstan were beginning. For me the city of Turkestan also is interesting because my grandfather worked there as soviet military commissar before the Great Patriotic War. The tourist... More 

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Pavia, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

It's a Unesco site, i want to think for its history... it is in the middle of.. nothing, but if you are in that zone i suggest the visit (there is not much choice...) but the place is restored recently, with modern material and it's easy to notice, like floors, and it ruins the atmosphere of the place (and probably... More 

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Address: South Kazakhstan Oblast, Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Location: Asia  >  Kazakhstan  >  South Kazakhstan Province  >  Turkestan

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