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Aisha Bibi Mausoleum

Aisha Bibi Village, Taraz 080000, Kazakhstan
+7 726 257 9264
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Nice place to stop, though small

This was a nice place to go to start my adventure of Kazakh history. It is very beautiful and free... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2016
Kennesaw, Georgia
Nice outing

It's not a phenomenal sight but it is well worth a visit if you are in Taraz. Easy taxi ride out... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2016
Ken S
Los Angeles, California
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According to the most popular version, Aisha-Bibi was the daughter of the well-known 11th century scholar and poet Khakim-Ata Suleiman Bakyrgani. After her father's death, Aisha was brought up by Sheikh Aikhodzha (Zangi-Ata). When the governor of Taraz Karakhan Mukhammed (for whom Karakhan Mausoleum in Taraz was built) asked for the young beauty's hand, her stepfather rejected the suitor, because Karakhan was not a descendant of the prophet (sayyid), as Aisha was. She then outwitted her hard-hearted stepfather by pretending to lead an army for jihad against the idolaters (Kara-Khitans). Secretly however, she rode towards Taraz. Unfortunately, Karakhan never met his young bride; she died of snakebite at Assa River. Mourning the death of the girl, Karakhan erected the mausoleum of fairytale beauty at this place. A friend and fellow traveler of Aisha named Babadzhi-Khatun became the custodian of the grave. When she died, she was buried within 20 steps from Aisha, and a mausoleum was erected over her grave as well. All legends follow the same general plot: A girl disobeys her parents out of love for her a noble in Taraz and dies by entering a body of water near the city.[4] The legend emphasizes the belief in Central Asia of obedience to elders as the highest value. The site has been venerated since the Middle Ages. Local women from the Taraz Oasis still pray for children and a happy family. It is customary for newlyweds in Taraz to have their union blessed by the dead lovers. Their ritual reenacts the myth. After the ceremony the wedding party retraces Karakhan's journey from Taraz to the site of his fiancée's death. The journey begins at Karakhan Mausoleum in Taraz and ends at the Aisha Bibi, at each location the bride and groom venerate the dead lovers and ask for their blessing.Russian archeologist V. V. Bartold was the first scientist to record the and study the ruins in 1893.[5] The Soviet Union built a protective glass shell to preserve the monument (c 1960) and used it for the education of students in Taraz and tourism. In 2002, the Republic of Kazakhstan paid Nishan Rameto to restore the Aisha Bibi and built the park infrastructure around it.[3] It is a national monument and is listed by UNESCO.
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Sep 16, 2016
“Nice outing”
Nov 27, 2016
“Nice place to stop, though small”
Aisha Bibi Village, Taraz 080000, Kazakhstan
+7 726 257 9264
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Reviewed November 27, 2016

This was a nice place to go to start my adventure of Kazakh history. It is very beautiful and free to see, though small. I would suggest going though when in Taraz

Thank curlylekan
Reviewed September 16, 2016

It's not a phenomenal sight but it is well worth a visit if you are in Taraz. Easy taxi ride out and back.

Thank Ken S
Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This mausoleum is a little bit of a drive out of the city but it is very nice. With a garden surrounding it and a few little stalls, it is worth the short drive. Remember to wear a head scarf if you are female and...More

Thank Christina R
Reviewed May 8, 2015

11th-12th century: Aisha Bibi is a legend around Taraz and much of the Muslim world. She loved and was loved but died tragically after a snake bite. As a tourist or follower of Islam one should visit and pay homage to the young woman who...More

Thank Ashcat M
Reviewed December 15, 2014

These Mausolea are worth a visit, if you are in Taraz, but are nowhere as facinating as the Mausolea in Turkistan or in Uzbekistan.

1  Thank Haelen
Reviewed September 25, 2014

I spent three weeks in Taraz and this is one of the things I loved seeing most. Absolutely exquisite restoration.

1  Thank Whichwayisit
Reviewed April 8, 2014

This 12th-century mausoleum is a monument to love and faithfulness. It is customary for newlyweds in Taraz to have their union blessed by the dead lovers. The monument is well preserved and worth a visit if you are in Taraz.

2  Thank Julian T
Reviewed October 1, 2013

It's a resting place of the bride of the ruler of ancient Taraz. According to the legend she was coming to the city for their wedding and decided to stop for washing and dressing in this place.But she was stung by a snake and died....More

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