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Address: South Kazakhstan Oblast | Mausoleum of Khoja Akhmed Yassawi, Turkestan, Kazakhstan

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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Beautiful architecture

It's 2 hours trip by car from Shymkent. On Sunday lots of school kids, so it is good to go there early. But it is really worth to go, beautiful architecture, old bath/bania... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

It's 2 hours trip by car from Shymkent. On Sunday lots of school kids, so it is good to go there early. But it is really worth to go, beautiful architecture, old bath/bania, cultural museum.

1 Thank MonikaJ3
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

We took a daytrip together from Shymkent with the hotel taxi driver and an English speaking guide, including lunch package, arranged by the hotel staff (about 175 euros). The highway to Turkistan is very quiet, the trip took about two hours. Arraving at the mausoleum it took us a while before we realised it's not just a mosque but actually... More 

1 Thank Saskia S
Al Ain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and impressive ancient mausoleum. I was with a guide and driver from Shymkent, who arranged an English speaking guide to the mausoleum, underground mosque, Friday mosque and ancient bath house which are all in the same area. I don't know what the cost of that was, but if you want to understand more ask for a guide at the... More 

2 Thank Whonose
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Unlike many of the medieval buildings that you'll find in other Central Asian cities, this mausoleum is still an active pilgrimage destination. I highly recommend anyone visiting Kazakhstan to come here and combine it with a trip to other ancient sites in the area (Otrar, Sauran, etc). There are taxi drivers near the entrance of the Mausoleum whom you can... More 

2 Thank StrannikSveta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Alex F
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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!

4 Thank Haelen
traveling cat
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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