Mizdakhan Necropolis
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Beth W
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Jul 2023
We stopped here on the way to the Aral Sea ship graveyard. there are some very interesting tombs, and it is interesting the way they cover the graves.
Written 30 July 2023
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JCY
Hong Kong, China46 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Solo
I got there as part of local tour to Muynak. There was no road, no signpost, no phone or internet connections (I was using Ucell in Uzbekistan). Without a guide, it was really difficult to find the historical sites and the way back to the exit. I got lost when trying to return to the exit. Glad that there were some workers at the graveyard offering a helping hand, otherwise I would not have been able to get out of the cemetery before it got dark. Overall not a developed tourist spot and not recommended.
Written 3 April 2023
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Allen
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Oct 2021 • Friends
The mausoleum of Mazlumkhan Sulu is located in the western part of the Khojeli region of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. From Railway Station (Vokzal) you can get in the Marshrut 11 (1 500 soums for each person), when you reach Gone Kala you should get off. Then there are some Marshruts to Khodjeyli. The fare is around 1,500-2,000 soums. In Khodjeyli, you can take a Marshrut to Mizdakhan. It costs between 1,500-2,000 soums.

On the surface of the earth of Mazlumkhan-Sulu, we see a portal and a dome, and the main part of the monument, as well as the central rooms, are located below, which can be reached through a vaulted corridor with a staircase. The central hall of the mausoleum is square with three deep and one shallow niche covered with an octennial dome. The surfaces of the walls and arches are paved with paired bricks with carved majolica blue “bows”. There is also a ground group of rooms, built after the eradication of the portal. According to the finds of coins, the construction of the mausoleum dates back to the first half of the 14th century. Behind the entrance to the mausoleum, there is a small square entryway, from which a corridor leading to the main hall descends slightly. Except for these artistic rooms, there are three rectangular rooms without any decoration in the mausoleum. Ornament rosettes combine blue, red, white, and black with ornamentation.

From Mazlumkhan-Sulu, 1.4 kilometers to the northeast there's Gyaur settlement Kala which is also located in Khodjeyli, Karakalpakstan. The ancient settlement of Gyaur Kala dates back to the 2nd - 4th centuries BC. The name Gyaur-Kala probably originates from the times of the Arabs, who call all non-Muslims "Geuhirs". Gradually, the word began to be pronounced as "Gyaur". The construction of this fortress aimed to be able to defend and control the important trade routes of the Amu Darya during the conversion to the southern borders of Khorezm. The colony was neighbored by a fortress wall cut by two rows of holes and surrounding a two-story shooting gallery. The walls were strengthened with towers 20 meters apart. Presently, the monument is a Historical and Archaeological Site for cultural and tourist trips.

The Shamun Nabi mausoleum is located 132 meters south and slightly east of the Mazlumkhan Sulu mausoleum, 1 km to the northeast of the ancient settlement Gyaur Kala in the Khojeli region, Karakalpakstan. Furthermore, he was a brave combatant and victor who was inapprehensive to challenge the local kings, who were called Gyaur - the infidel. Shamun, nevertheless, could not stand the shame of his fall and cut off his legs as a sign of remorse.

Fun fact: there is no toilet in Mizdahan. So my advice to you is not to drink so much. Otherwise, you will waste time looking for a toilet. I recommend you to visit these places for the reason that they are rich in historical memories.
Written 17 January 2022
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Aynura M
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Oct 2021 • Friends
Let me tell you about how I spent my Sunday and give information about Mizdakhan-the sight that will definitely blow your mind.

I have always been into history and wanted to
explore ancient cities, so Mizdakhan was on top of
my itinerary lists as this place has tons of sites that
single out it from other tourist attractions.

We met at Cinnamon cafe with the rest of the students and two of our teachers. We had an opportunity to have a bit of a chit-chat with foreigners. That was great! Then we had lunch and we headed to Khojeli where the ancient and mythical city of Mizdakhan is located. It takes around 20 minutes to get there and on the way you can enjoy the scenery and take photos of picturesque nature. There is a place at the entrance to Khojeli where you can see the map of the city on a big wall. That was very unusual because the whole information about the city was crammed there. In fact, it was just the tip of the iceberg because when we reached our destination we were bowled over its real size. By the way, females visiting this place need to consider having an over headscarf because it is a cemetery and regarded as a holy place, having an over headscarf is an intact and preserved tradition of Muslim countries.

Having visited Mizdakhan the first time, I was both down in the dumps and eternally grateful. I thought deeply about what life would be like after death, about the purpose of living.

The first place we visited was the Mausoleum of Shamun Nabi which was erected in the XVIII century. "He was a preacher and man with unique power. During the war, when he cut off his leg the blood was spilling out for 30 meters. When he died, blood spilled so long that people were not able to step on his body. His tomb is very huge with a width of 1.40 cm and 30 meters in length. The mausoleum has 7 domes according to the number of his daughters. It means that daughters will cover their father's soul after his death." said Kenes Ilyasov who is caretaker and responsible for the cleanliness of the mausoleum and reads the Quran there.

It is said that the tomb of Adam Alaihissalam was erected there in the XIV century, even though it is situated in Jerusalem. Adam Alaihissalam lived and taught children in houses made of clay. It was only in the 1950 s when buildings made of bricks were constructed. Kenes Ilyasov says that it always rains during fast days- in Ramadan, so it will be easy for people who are fasting to visit this place. This is the reason why Mizdakhan is considered as an extraordinary and holy place. Unfortunately, he was the only person who we could talk to and he spoke only in the Russian language apart from his native language. One thing that I should mention is that there are no tour guides so I highly recommend you to have one if you do not know the local language. You can donate a little amount of money if you wish, in our case it was 7000 soums, as this number is regarded as a lucky number and in most places in Central Asian countries it's preferable to donate 7000 soums.

Next, we had a glimpse of the World Death Clock. According to the legend, every year a brick falls out from buildings and when the latest brick disappears the Day of the judgment will come. Mind that, some people say that it is only a legend and it is just to remind us to appreciate the time we have.

One more religious building that will grab your attention is named after Caliph Erejep and it dates back to the XI century. Erejep was a down-to-earth man and he taught people. Even, he could tell the personality of little children at first sight, and it is written in some books that his spirit continued teaching people after his death.

The most magnificent sight is the mausoleum of Mazlum Khan Sulu that dates back to the XIII-XIV centuries. It is a far cry from other sites in Mizdakhan, everywhere is steeped in mysticism and history. What makes it different is- its division into two parts, above ground and underground. The building is spacious and cross -shaped, covered with turquoise blue tiles. When the sun shines on the mosaic walls with blue streams the building is much more attractive. Also, it is well-known for the legend about a princess and an architect. Beautiful Mazlum Khan was the daughter of khan( ruler) and many rich people loved her, but she was in love with a simple architect who could not expect to marry her. The princess refused all the suitors and her father's patience was pushed to the limit. Finally, he said that he would marry his daughter to someone who would build a high tower in a night. The architect was very inspired and satisfied the ruler's condition but could not get his consent. Being driven round the bend, the architect jumped off the minaret he had built himself and Mazlum whose heart was broken followed him. The repentant governor ordered the tower be destroyed and two lovers be buried together.

The last and the most adventurous site in Mizdakhan is Gyaur kala which is situated in the northern part of the city, between Nukus and the border with Turkmenistan. Gaur kala means citadel of the infidel. It was built in IV th century BC when Zoroastrianism was still ruling and is believed as the center of this religion because some of the Avesta texts were written there and gathered in 21 books during III century BC. According to the remains of craft workshops, and Islamic mosques people lived there during XII and XIV centuries too. There is a wall in the shape of five fingers but only three of them have remained. The vanished castle is located on top of high hills, so you will be bouncing off the walls when you visit it once.

On a final note, I would mention that there are several inconveniences of visiting this city too. For example, the climate in Karakalpakstan is dusty but Mizdakhan is much more undusted as it is a historical place. Therefore, it is better to go there during dry seasons like September or October and have on comfortable clothes. One more drawback is, there are no facilities for travelers such as shops or toilets. But you can find all of these facilities within 30 minutes walking distance from our tourist attraction. There are really nice cafes at the center of Khojeli where you can have lunch and you have to taste a patir which is inexpensive and very delicious.

All in all, history is of paramount importance. By learning about the causes and effects of different events in history, people can learn better ways to deal with conflict and I personally think that it is much better to learn from the mistakes of others, not from ours, therefore people can choose more positive courses of action among nations and individuals. Moreover, it teaches us to be satisfied and thankful for whatever we have now. If only we look back at the way our ancestors lived, we will stop complaining about our lives and start appreciating everything we have. So, there are a number of things that could be done to change the state of disrepair of the historical sites written above.
Written 17 January 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
"Myzdakhan Necropolis" in Khodjeily

    We visited "Myzdakhan Necropolis" in Khodjeily recently. Our team consisted of 10 people. It is 22 km from the Central Bazaar of Nukus and takes half an hour by car. We set off on our trip from "Cinnamon" Coffee & Pastry in Nukus and rented a car for the trip. Our driver Mr. Bahadir drove us with his "Damas" at an agreed price 200,000 uzbek soums.

    "Myzdakhan Necropolis" is a large complex of several historical buildings. There is an entrance along the main road. The advantage of this place is that it is available to everyone at any time. This place will never be closed and no entrance fee is charged. You can donate if you want. How much to give is up to you. Usually people here donate 7000 uzbek soums, because the number 7 is considered sacred. Just before entering, make sure that your clothes meet the mentality. Do not be dressed lightly and wear a scarf on your head. I don’t recommend wearing high heels. It is better for you to wear comfortable shoes. Because there are a lot of stairs waiting for you. We were greeted by Mr. Ilyas, who is responsible for welcoming people, informing them about the history of the place. He told us about history of several mausoleums and religion Islam. All buildings have an old special structure. There are various legends about each building.

    "Nazlymkhan Sulu". It is an underground mausoleum with a dome above the ground. The dome of the mausoleum blue and the inside of it decorated with blue ornate stones. There are tombs of a princess and a carpenter, who couldn’t be together due to the inequality of their time. According to legend, they died throwing themselves from the unfinished top of the mausoleum. The place where they fell is still marked.

    "World Death Clock". A construction known as the "World Death Clock". There is a belief that the building misses one brick in its brickwork each year. When the brickwork collapses that will be the end of the world. People erect a column using seven stones and make a wish. It is believed to come true. But stones must not be taken away. It is believed to have bad consequences.

    "Shamun Nabi Mausoleum". There is a long, rectangular room. The room is covered with 7 successively placed domes. There is a huge tombstone, over 20 meters long, attributed to the saint 'Shamun Nabi'. There is a legend according to which he was gifted with the abilities of a healer and could also work miracles. Shamun Nabi came to these places to preach religion.

    We headed to "Gaur Kala". It is an ancient city. According to legend, it was ruled by the wicked king Gaur. Remains of the walls are still preserved. There are a lot of pottery fragments. We had a great time jumping in the rugged terrain. It’s a bit dangerous, but it’s a good place for extreme sports fans and adrenaline rush. Moreover, because it is high, you can see a beautiful view of nature. We took a lot of pictures there. So, our trip to "Myzdakhan Necropolis" was over and we returned to Nukus.

    In addition, if you come here with friends, you can bring some potatoes, bury them in the ashes and make a delicious meal in nature. It will be very tasty. Or if you want to go somewhere to eat, there are a lot of good cafés in the city, such as "Caravan" and "Shedevr". Or there are a lot of shops along the way. It should be noted that Khodjeily is famous for its patir (a kind of bread) and kebabs. One drawback is the lack of conveniences. For example, we couldn't find a toilet there. For this, you need to go to the Central Bazaar. And the connection is not very good there. However, there you can take beautiful pictures and videos that you can post when you go home.

    As it can be seen, I can’t express my impressions of the trip with words. This place is both historical, romantic, religious, interesting and mysterious at the same time. Therefore, everyone can have a good time here. I suggest everyone to visit "Myzdakhan Netropolis" in Khodjeily. This is a place worth visiting at least once in your life.
Written 8 January 2022
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Sammy J
Haifa, Israel87 contributions
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Sept 2021
There is quite a large necropolis spread over area which can take some time to walk through.
There are several graves that are connected to mythology referring to a pre-Islam era, and some refer to the era following the conquest by Arabs.
The accepted story of the Khan's daughter buried in one of the mausoleums can be easily traced in google so there is no point to repeat it here. The general impression from the place is different than other necropolis seen in Samarkand for example. It is more ancient, more mysterious , somewhat more barbarian. It quite blends into the picture of many Kalas spread in the area of Northern Khoresm.
There was no admission fee at the entry. But we met a "volunteer"who told us his personal story about how he witnessed through the years soviet archeological authority stripped some of the important graves from valuable decorations, swapped gold carvings with color, took away other valuable materials while making the restoration and how the whole thing personally hurt him. So we quite tipped him but otherwise no charge was imposed. The place is good to visit while going to visit some of the Kalas, or may be during a way from Khiva or Urgench to Nukus or back. 90 min would be enough. Involves about 1-2 km of walking.
Written 5 December 2021
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A380fan
London, UK1,163 contributions
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Sept 2019
I paid 100,000 som for a car to drive me over and wait from Nukus. The site is a bit bizarre, with the important buildings surrounded by graves. There was one beautiful mausoleum, plus the ruins of the madrassa. It was nice to wander around for 30 minutes. No entrance fee.
Written 22 September 2019
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madwriter
San Francisco, CA41 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
A short distance from Nukus, this city of the dead is a must visit. Particularly beautiful is the tile work in the underground Mazlum Khan Slu Mausoleum, said to be the tomb of a pair of star-crossed lovers.
Written 11 June 2019
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mpq_domanski
Krakow, Poland73 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
Cemeteries tell us much of history and traditions of the countries we visit and Mizdakhan is no exception. Very interesting place to visit and see especially in the afternoon with low sun light. Part of monuments is beneath the earth.
Written 23 May 2019
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CNvdS
Amsterdam, The Netherlands13 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Solo
To appreciate this place you either need guide or must have read-up well beforehand; then the place comes alive! Otherwise don't bother to go.
Written 18 May 2019
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