Turkestan’s fascinating architecture attracts million tourists
The Turkestan region is the territory of ancient civilizations.
Turkestan city located on the branch of the Great Silk Road has always been the spiritual and political center of the Turkic-speaking peoples. In ancient times it was the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. Nowadays there are the holy places of Kazakhstan and monumental monuments of architecture here, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
Foreigners call Turkestan a small Mecca. Undoubtedly, each of the tourists comes to the regional center to admire the architecture of one of the most historic places with the unique architecture of the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmet Yasawi, which was built in 1395. Today, despite the summer heat, there are many foreigners and tourists from Kazakhstan.
A lot of tourists fascinating by the picturesque landscapes and spirituality of the historical place share their views and feelings.
“I came from Taldykorgan. I have never been in Turkestan although live not far from this place. I am very glad that I managed to visit the mausoleum, it fascinates me. It's nice to see and plunge into the history of our ancestors, " Bekbolat Doskalibek said.
"I came to the mausoleum for the second time, I came here with my parents for the first time, today I decided to visit the mausoleum with my friends and I am very proud that in our country there are such enchanting places," Ramazan Abdizhalal, a resident of Almaty told.
The mausoleum is a unique monument of Kazakh people’s past. The place of the mausoleum’s construction was not chosen by chance. The small mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi, consisting of only two rooms, was located this very place 233 years ago. Later it became a place of mass pilgrimage for Muslims around the world. Visiting this mausoleum three times equated to Hajj in Mecca.
By the way, in connection with the increase in the flow of tourists, local authorities decided to make significant changes to the city's appearance to create more comfortable conditions for guests and local residents. It is planned to open an international route that will connect Turkestan with Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara.
It is an interesting fact last year more than a million tourists visited Turkestan to see the local beauty.