Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasavi, Turkestan, Kazakhstan Week 124 August 12th 2013
Next morning, back on to the dual carriageway towards Turkestan.
It evaporated at the town boundary but roads still reasonable.
Our coordinates for the mausoleum were wrong.

And googlemaps didn't help as it has the mausoleum marked in two places.

But having driven past the car park once, and remarked on the police box, we found our way.

We asked the police if we could sleep in the car park- normally forbidden, but for us OK.

This is our first view of the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasavi.

The wall doesn't go all the way round.

Its unfinished.

Commissioned in 1398 by Tamerlane (Timur). Stopped on his death in 1405.


There's a bit of restoration and maintenance going on.

Its a UNESCO site.

But we can see the tiles through the scaffolding.
Tamerlane (1336 - 1405) was a Turko-Mongol ruler with dreams of re-establishing the empire of Genghis Khan.

His approach was to kill lots of people, enforce the adoption of Islam, and establish grand buildings, particularly in Samarkand (Uzbekhistan), his capital.

The rear looks almost finished.

Khoja Ahmed Yasavi (1093 - 1166) was a Sufi Mystic and Poet.

This mausoleum is built over a smaller 12th century building.

This mausoleum is well preserved and was the one which established Timurid Architecture which spread through Tamerlane's Empire.
Its built on clay.

We couldn't help noticing the foundations weren't quite straight.

These buttresses were added quite a long while ago.

Part of the preservation approach is to add concrete to the foundations.

Looks like there's also monitoring of the water table.

This smaller mausoleum is being renovated.

Mausoleum Rabii Sudtan Begim.

Built in the 15th century.

No photos allowed inside.

The room under the main dome was full of scaffolding, walls uniformly white. There's a large (very) copper cauldron.

We were a bit sensitive to those praying but we did see the sarcophagus - down a short corridor to the right of the locked door.

There are also the remains of about 40 people in various places within the mausoleum.

A few visits to Turkistan, and this mausoleum are the equivalent of a visit to Mecca for the Haj.

Nearby is the bath house. Operating as a museum.

Nearby was also the underground place that Khoja Ahmed Yasavi chose to pray  when he turned 63 years old.

His view was that he should not look on the world longer than his prophet.

About here we became distracted.

The "photos on a camel" are aimed at Kazakh tourists.

A beautifully groomed camel. When we think about it city dwellers are the same the world over. Out of touch with the country?

We'd intended having a look in the museum but were so busy chatting we didn't.

We met Sultan and his family at Sauran and he met us to take us round the mausoleum. Student in Astana home for the last of the holidays after a bit of work in South Korea.

We needed water and he took us home for bore water, and tea. We are very grateful as we were nearly empty.

Also a trip to the supermarket, wonderful with someone to translate.

He is visiting Otrar with family  tomorrow and we'll probably see them there.

Otrar and Arystan Bab Mausoleum, Kazakhstan Week 124 August 13th 2013

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