Unique underground mosques of Mangystau will enter the list of UNESCO world heritage sites
The unique underground mosques of Mangystau will enter the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Historical monuments, built in the 10th and 18th centuries, the mosques of Shakpak ata, Shopan ata, Karaman ata and Beket ata will join the world heritage sites. Flow of pilgrims to these holy places has been continued for more than two centuries. Scientists say that the underground mosques of Mangystau have no analogues in the world and they have survived almost in its original form.
PANIYA SARMURZINA, DEPUTY HEAD, MANGYSTAU REGIONAL CULTURE DEPARTMENT:
- Specialists from different countries show great interest in the underground mosques of Mangystau. They are exploring the special structure and unique architecture of the mosques. In order to place these facilities into the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, we must study them carefully. The works are underway.
Restoration of the Karazhartas mausoleum was completed in the Karagandy region. Archaeologists discovered burial ground with an unusual architectural solution in the form of a pyramid last year in the Shetskiy district. The monument belongs to the Begazy-Dandybai culture which is more than 3000 years old and consists of 30 buildings. The large mausoleum erected from a matched stone and took the central place. During excavation, the archaeologist found remains of an ancient man. The size of the necropolis allows to assume that the buried man took a high socio-economic position. More than 5 million tenge was spent on the reconstruction of the monument of the Late Bronze Age.
TULKIBAI TOLEUOV, HEAD OF KARAGANDY CENTER FOR CONSERVATION OF HISTORICAL HERITAGE:
- Our goal is to finish the restoration. We have to fence the monument, beautify the area around it and make this place attractive for tourists.