Turkistan 03.05.2019


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Kazakhstan is amazing: astonishing nature, tasty food, welcoming people. However there's a lack ancient history artifacts. The only place you can experience something like that is in Turkistan area. Next to Shymkent.

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Recently Shymlent became a city with more than a million citizens, thus the region capital was transferred to Turkistan. Government started to put tones of money in local budget and began a huge renovation program. Therefore the first thing I faced -- endless construction works.

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In general I can't say Turkistan is a rich town.

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A repetition of performance for May, 9 celebration (Victory Day).

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Finally, the most historical part in entire Kazakhstan. Mausoleum of Ahmad Yasawi. According to legend he was granted a stone of persimmon from prophet Muhammad, even though there were 400 years between them (!).
It is strongly believed in Central Asia, that a Muslim has pilgrim in local mausoleums before he plans to go to hadj.

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Mausoleum construction was never finished. The main entrance looks like the work is still in progress.

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You can take a ride on a camel nearby. It's quite popular attraction by the way (:

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Or take a look on yurt, mosques, museum and other attractions nearby.

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Or enjoy construction works. You simply can't skip it (:

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Shymkent is much more wealthy city. However it's still far way from Almaty. Even though that's a third city in the country.

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They think if you cover ruins with a fence, nobody will notice the ruins. It doesn't work that way.

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It's not that bad though in general. A normal provincial city. With tasty food :)

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