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Karaman Ata, underground mosque, Mangistau region.


Journey to the underground mosque Karaman Ata.

Pilgrimage tours to the mosques of Mangistau.

The Karaman Ata Mosque is carved into the slope of a hill, a low mountain, in the soft rock of the local limestone. The mosque has three main rooms, a vestibule, a prayer hall, and a third hall in which, according to legend, Karaman-Ata is buried. Inside the room there are special pillars to support the entire structure. The mosque was originally built in a natural cave, which was located here.

Legend of Karaman-Ata.

The legend says that Sufi Karaman-Ata was the grandson of the famous Sufi Shopan-Ata. Karaman-Ata was a friend of Khoja Ahmet Yasawi. In ancient times, they were close friends, then a quarrel occurred between them and Karaman-Ata went to Mangyshlak and settled in this region and began the construction of an underground mosque. Karaman Ata built his mosque near the Shopan-Ata mosque, the land on which these two mosques are located is considered sacred.

Karaman-Ata mosque - how to get there.

The Karaman-Ata underground mosque is located in Kazakhstan in the Mangistau region, the Mangyshlak peninsula, Mangistau district, 5 kilometers from the Kandybas tract.

Underground mosque Karaman-Ata - information for tourists.

The Karaman-Ata Mosque is a place of pilgrimage, pilgrims from all over Central Asia flock here, the places are sacred and magical. It is best to travel to the mosque from the city of Aktau. Near the mosque there are ancient burial places of the XIII-IX centuries. Archaeological research was carried out here in 1952 under the leadership of M. Mendikulov. In 1982, the object of the Karaman-Ata mosque and the entire adjacent territory was included in the list of specially protected objects of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2005, restoration work was carried out on the territory of the necropolis, in 2015, work was also carried out on the restoration of the monument.

Karaman-Ata mosque.

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