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Tour to Shopan-Ata Mosque

Journey from Aktau to the Shopan-Ata Mosque

A trip from Aktobe to the Mangistau mosque

Shopan-Ata is one of the underground mosques of the Mangyshlak Peninsula, a place of pilgrimage, a sacred place, a tourist architectural landmark of the region. The mosque is quite large, the main room is 7 meters long and 5 meters wide, the light in this room comes through a hole cut in the upper part of the cave, there is also a wooden pole and stones. In this room they read prayers and spend time. A mulberry tree grows near the mosque, which is considered sacred, and there is a well nearby where you can drink water, and the water in the well is considered sacred. The mosque is located in a desert area, it is quite hot here in summer, but it is very cool in the mosque. The mosque was built by a saint, a Sufi Shopan-Ata, he was a student of the famous Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, philosopher, mystic. The Shopan-Ata Mosque is very popular; here you can always meet pilgrims and travelers from all over the world. Near the mosque there is the Boszhira valley (tract) and the Beket-ata mosque, so traveling to the mosque we will visit all these places.

The route of the pilgrimage to the mosque Shopan-ata:

Aktau - the city of Zhanaozen - mazar Kostam - necropolis, mosque Shopan-Ata (X - XIII centuries)

  • Distance of the route: 206 km
  • Season time: all season
  • Best time: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Group size: 1-25
  • Days & nights: 1 day

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