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This mausoleum was ordered by Tamerlane but never finished. It is an imprssive building containing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Historic unfinished mausoleum

The Mausoleum is dedicated to a famous "mystic" who is still revered today in Kazakhstan and former... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Built in the 14th century by Tamerlane to commemorate the Sufi leader, the building is a national symbol.
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mausoleum was ordered by Tamerlane but never finished. It is an imprssive building containing various artifacts. Impressive to visit. The philosopher theologian is not described well.

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mausoleum is dedicated to a famous "mystic" who is still revered today in Kazakhstan and former Turkic countries.He lived between 1093-1166. Yasawi's tomb was not disturbed during the invasion of Genghis Khan in 1219, as the Mongols tended to show respect to cemeteries.In 1389,...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

After visiting the Otrar Ruins and its nearby Arystan Bab Mausoleum, our guide drove 60 km north to this excellent site. We walked a long paved lane of Koranic Verses to a rose garden viewpoint of this beautiful Timurid Architecture. After paying 500 Kzt each,...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Spiritually emanates from every corner of the mausoleum. It is amazing to see visitors’ faith in the saint. A modern tourist centre with English-speaking girl was useful. However, no tourist material was available in English. More information for non-Kazakh or non-Russian speakers will be useful....More

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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Came here as a day trip from Shymkent - thoroughly worthwhile - the very top cupola is currently scaffolded for repairs but the rest of the building is very beautiful - stunning colours.

Thank Fizzcal
Reviewed 8 August 2018

I went to Turkestan from Shymkent by taxi in order to visit some important sites. This was my first visit (it's also the most important thing to visit). It's a religious buldin for Islam and inside there are several small rooms with some exposition.

Thank Rosario_it
Reviewed 1 July 2018

We visited the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi when passing through Turkestan last August as part of our drive around the ‘stans doing our historical preservation work. The mausoleum looks like so many others we had seen during our time in Central Asia but as...More

Thank JGDynamo
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Travelled by train to Turkestan and arrived after midnight. Choice was to check-in at the hotel and sleep or see the Mausoleum at night, some of our group took the former, I took the later - well worth it. The evening was a pleasant temperature...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

44 meters height and 35 rooms of variouse sizes are located around the main Dome. Amaizing and huge construction implemented in 13-14th century. There are alos several historical buidlings located in the area of Mausoleum. For example old style "Hamam".

Thank AlisS110
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This beautiful mausoleum is the second most important place for muslim people but is not so special for tourist. If you pass in Turkestan Worth the visit but if you come from Almaty or Astana only to see this sight you could be disappoint. I...More

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21 August 2017|
Response from Sula A |
Hey man, still planning to go there? I can help you out
Jeremy D
11 February 2016|
Response from Aigul U |
Hi, maybe my answer is too late but I think it is possible to visit Turkestan in one day. There are agency in Shymkent, hope they are able organise trip. Any way it will be better go with someone who speak english and... More
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