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The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi in Turkestan

The mausoleum on the grave of the poet and preacher Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is located in the city of Turkestan in South Kazakhstan region. It is the central object of the historical and cultural museum-reserve “Azret Sultan.”

The mausoleum was built on the burial site of the Sufi poet Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, who had great authority among Muslims in the region and had an impact on Islam in Central Asia. The photos were taken by Ilia Afanasieff.

Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum, Kazakhstan, photo 1

Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum, Kazakhstan, photo 1

The existing building was constructed more than 200 years after the death of the preacher by Tamerlane’s order (in the late 14th – early 15th century).

It consists of a large, rectangular building (46,5×65,5 meters) with portals and domes. The height of the arched portal is 37.5 meters, the height of the main dome – 44 meters, the diameter – 22 meters. The mausoleum has one of the largest brick domes in Central Asia.

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The memorial complex “Azret Sultan” apart from the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi includes a variety of other buildings built next to it in different years.

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