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Address: Turkestan, Kazakhstan
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+7 705 486 4415

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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Historical highlight of Kazakhstan

If you cannot make it to Uzbekistan you need to see this Mausoleum. This is the one and only Mausoleum in Kazakhstan that can be compared to the famous ones in Uzbekistan. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 January 2017
Nussbaumen, Switzerland
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Nussbaumen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

If you cannot make it to Uzbekistan you need to see this Mausoleum. This is the one and only Mausoleum in Kazakhstan that can be compared to the famous ones in Uzbekistan. The underground mosque is very interesting as well. No need to stay overnight in Turkestan, this is really the only sight worth seeing. Make sure you have a... More 

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Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is a beautiful place. Well worth visiting if you are in Southern Kazakhstan

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The mausoleum is quite beautiful and there are several other sights on the grounds. The best part is that there are few western tourists - most of the visitors are central Asian so it's quite fun to people watch

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We wanted to see the mausoleum in Turkistan and Sauran in one day from Shymkent without spending too much money on tours. In the tourist information center next to big Shymkent Hotel were very nice and helpful staff, but only expensive drivers to take us. So we just tried everything ourselves. We went on a Saturday morning (around 10) to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 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 Monika J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 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 

2 Thank Saskia S
Al Ain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 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 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 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
Spring, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 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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