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Imankara cave (Imangara)

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Jeep tour to Mount Imankara to Imankara Cave -

Imankara (kaz. Imankara) or Imangara (kaz. Imangara) is a cave of the Early Iron Age, a sacred sacred place, a place of pilgrimage, in the Atyrau region. The cave is small but deep, the mountain on which the cave is located, has a length of 2 kilometers, a width of 300 m and a height of 200 meters is called Mount Imankara. There are 18 ancient burial mounds near the cave, their height is 0.5-1 meters, and their diameter is 3-15 meters. The Imankara complex occupies a place among ancient settlements and sites, which makes it possible to make predictions about important milestones in the historical development of mankind, which accurately indicate that Kazakhstan had its own very ancient civilization.

How to get there, visit -

Imankara Cave is located 60 kilometers from the city of Kulsary, on Imankara Mountain in Atyrau region, the territory of Zhylyoy district, The Republic of Kazakhstan. GPS coordinates: 47°24'17"N 54°27'29"E

Information, history -

The Imankara cave is about 10-25 meters deep. The cave is a passage cut through the earth and stone rock. There are 2 branches inside the cave, a left passage and a right passage, their depth is about 10-12 meters. There is a room inside, 2 x 1.5 meters, not large, it will be convenient for only one person inside, at most two people can stay inside. The height of the cave in the room is 2 meters, the walls and ceiling of the cave are blackened with soot, a fire was burning inside, traces of kyle are visible on the walls.

The Imankara cave was made in ancient times during the Iron Age. According to the researchers, the cave was first used as a dwelling, then as a ritual and sacred place. In 1911, the headquarters of Alfred Nobel, who led an expedition to search for oil in the area, was organized in the cave. In 1944, during World War II, German airborne troops hid in the cave, which was later destroyed by NKVD operatives. During the exploration of the cave and the area around it and during excavations, artifacts, daggers, bronze arrowheads, bronze mirrors, glass beads, ceramics were found. The cult of Mount Imankara originates in ancient times, the cave was a holy place of worship for people from the early Iron Age and still keeps its secret. The stone mounds, located on a flat plain above the mountain where the Sarmatians were buried, date back to the 5th century BC. There are many legends about the Imankara cave. The cavity, which first appeared as a natural cave, was inhabited by the first people in the Neolithic era. This is evidenced by the mounds and necropolises near the cave, such conclusions were made by archaeologists who explored the cave.

Imankara Cave in Atyrau region


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