Turkistan will become a city with a developed infrastructure and wide tourism opportunities. Residents of Turkey believe that with acquisition of a new status, the centuries-old holy city will attract even more foreign tourists. Since ancient times, pilgrims hurried to visit the cultural capital of the Turkic world. A group of Turkish officials on a working visit in Kazakhstan traveled to the holy ancient Kazakh city, the homeland of poet and philosopher Khoja Ahmet Yassawi. A must-see place for them is the scientist’s mausoleum. Yassawi was a spiritual mentor of famous figures such as Mansur Ata, Abdimalik ata, Ahi Evran, Haji Bektash, Jalaluddin  Rumi and Yunus Emre.

ERTIN ARDA, ISTANBUL RESIDENT:

 - Turkistan is a very important city for people in Istanbul and for Turks in general. Followers of Khoja Ahmet Yassawi used to visit this place for purposes of enlightenment. They made an invaluable contribution in literature and a cultural life of the Turks. Ahmet Yassawi was born in Turkistan. We consider the city as a spiritual center of Turks. The city has a special status. We expect more outstanding personalities from this land.

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