New exhibition opened in Atyrau local history museum as part of Modernization of Public Consciousness program. It is devoted to the lives of prominent historical figures. The exhibition tells about the tragic and heroic life of sultan Baibars who ruled in the 13th century. Visitors can learn many interesting facts about the life of the son of the Kazakh steppes, the famous ruler of Egypt and Syria. The museum is exhibiting the North African Mamluk pistol encrusted with silver, daggers and Egyptian coins, as well as copies of documents of the ruling period in Egypt.

 

DULAT KHAMZIN, STAFF, ATYRAU LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM:

 - According to historical data, Baibars was born between Volga and Ural rivers. He belonged to the Kazakh tribe bersh. According to one version, he was from a noble family and his father's ill-wishers sold him into slavery, on the other - he was captured during military operations.

 

A wise and brave young man was noticed by the Sultan of Egypt. Baibars was given freedom, and became a warrior, and later one of the military commanders of the Sultan's troops. It was Baibars who stopped the "Seventh Crusade", defeated the troops of the French king. In 1260, the emirs proclaimed him a sultan of Egypt.

 

DINARA DUISENBAYEVA, MUSEUM STAFF:

 - We tell about the life of sultan Baibars that was full of tragedy and victories, reminding that the sultan of Egypt known for his heroism and diplomatic skills was born in the Kazakh land

 

There is a street named after sultan Baibars in Atyrau. It leads from Europe to Asia. The bridge connecting the two continents was named after him as well. There is a 12 meters high granite monument with stone compositions made in the form of a pyramid and a yurt on the central square. It is a symbol that reminds that Sultan Baibars is the son of two peoples - Kazakh and Egyptian. 

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