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Mausoleum of Abai

Tours to historical sites of the East Kazakhstan region -

Trip to the Abai region and the Zhidebai tract -

The Mausoleum of Abai (memorial complex of Abai and Shakarim) is an architectural monument built in 1996. It was installed in the village of Zhidebai in the Abai district of the East Kazakhstan region on the eve of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great poet. The pedestal has a height of 5 m, a length of 200 m and a width of 60 m. The first of the 2 tall towers is the Abai Tower (height 38.5 meters), the second is the Shakarim Tower (height 35 meters). There are four domes in the four corners of the complex. In addition, a museum of the History of Written Culture in Central Asia with a diameter of 36 meters, a hotel for visitors, an amphitheater, and a mosque were built on the territory of the complex.

How to get there, visit -

The mausoleum of Abai and Shakarim is located in the Abai region, Abai district, Kazakhstan. The complex is located on the territory of the Zhidebai Borly Museum-Reserve. GPS coordinates N49°07'40" E79°19'28"

Information -

On the territory of the mausoleum of Abai there are graves of Abai, Ospan, Shakarim, Akhat. The construction of the mausoleum, in which all of them were depicted, reflects the cosmogonic knowledge of the Kazakh people, in the process of nomadic culture. Also, from the Mausoleum of Abai, the influence of the mausoleums of Gur-Amir in Samarkand and the Taj Mahal in Agra is noted. The integrity of all structures has been preserved in the composition of the complex. All its buildings complemented each other and harmoniously combined with the expanses of the steppe. Shell rock from Mangistau was mainly used in construction works.

Construction, design -

A republican competition was held for the construction of this complex -the mausoleum of Abai and Shkarim. Six architectural groups took part in the competition. On March 19, 1991, the commission of the republican closed competition at its meeting reviewed the received projects and determined the winners. They turned out to be an author's group led by the laureate of international competitions architect Bek Ibrayev. Construction began and ended in 1996.

Mausoleum of Abai in Abai region, Abai district


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