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Mausoleums in Taraz

Aidana98Aidana98 1 week - Alien
edited October 2015 in - Other Cities
Taraz is open-air museum. There are many mausoleums and monuments. The most famous are the Mausoleum of Karakhan (Aulie-ata), mausoleum Aisha Bibi, Babaji Khatun Mausoleum and etc.

The Aisha-Bibi is an 11th or 12th-century mausoleum for a noble woman located in the village of Aisha Bibi, 18 km west of Taraz. It is locally famous as a monument to love and faithfulness. According to legend, the mausoleum was built by a Karahanid Dinasty ruler for his beautiful fiancée Aisha-Bibi, a daughter of Sufi poet Khakim ata. Matching the legend, the mausoleum looks light, well-proportioned, and delicate. The mausoleum's architectural forms and decoration are reminiscent of fine lace. The whole building is covered with carved terracotta tiles using 60 different floral geometric patterns.
Babaji Khatun Mausoleum is a unique architectural monument of XI-XII centuries and is located near the mausoleum of Aisha Bibi. Mausoleum is famous by its architecture - the original 16-ribbed umbrella dome double curvature, direct analogues which does not exist in the Central Asian architecture. According to epigraphic frieze on the portal of the mausoleum was buried beneath a woman. According to legend, a woman was a nanny of Aisha and accompanied her during the tragic trip. After the death of Aisha Babaji Khatun supported flame at the tomb of his favorite pupils. Both the mausoleum in the Muslim world are considered holy places.

The Mausoleum of Karakhan (Aulie-ata) was built in the eleventh century on the grave of one of the first khans of the Karakhani dynasty, who controlled enormous territories and founded an enormous territory – the state of Karakhan. The mausoleum is in the central part of Taraz city. There are many legends about the person Karakhan. Most of them connect the hero Karakhan with a young beautiful girl named Aysha. The story about their love and Aysha`s death from a snake bite leaves nobody untouched. It was made with baked bricks. Almost square in design, the mausoleum consists of a central hall where lies the grave, and three small angle rooms-hijr. Over the entrance door is an inscription in Arabic: “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is His prophet”.

The mausoleum of Dautbek Shamansur is located in the central part of the modern city Taraz, Zhambyl region. This mausoleum was erected over the grave of one of the Mongol governors Ulugh Bilge Ik-balhan Dautbek. This monument of architecture is best known among local population as the mausoleum of Shamansur. The landmark represents the mausoleum designed as a square portal-dome structure and built of burnt bricks. The doors of the mausoleum are decorated with fancy oriental patterns.

Monument to the heroes of the film "Gentlemen of Fortune" is in the city of Taraz, on the market. The location of the monument chosen by chance, because in the film mentioned Jambul city, the birthplace of Basil Alibabaevich. Jambul - this is the former name of the city Taraz. The composition is made of concrete and painted with bronze paint.
I suggest you to visit Taraz and see all this mausoleums by yourself.



  • MarzhanMarzhan 1 year - Expatriate
    So many historical and sacre places in Taraz - I did not know. I think every person should visit it. Good article , will go there as far as opportunity will com to me!
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