Preservation of historial and cultural heritage
Preservation of historical and cultural heritage is one of the priorities of Kazakhstan as it is part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program. A 111-year-old mosque made of wood will be restored in Eastern Kazakhstan. The mosque is unique as it is built without a single nail. It was built by a local resident, Sultan Fazylbekov with the help of best architects during a century ago. Old-timers recall that the materials used for the construction of the mosque were brought from the Yertis region.
BAUYRZHAN BATALOV, DEPUTY GOVERNOR, BESKARAGAI DISTRICT, EAST KAZAKHSTAN REGION:
- Restoration works of this mosque will be conducted. The deadline isn’t clear since it will be decided by the working group of the culture department.
Nearly 3,500 ancient petroglyphs or drawing on rocks were found on the foothills of Kelinshektau at the Arpa River in Turkestan. Scientists said the drawings depict hunting and ritual scenes, which reflect the lifestyle during the Bronze Age.
KANAT ABILDAYEV, RESIDENT, ABAI VILLAGE:
- These rock drawings of the Arpa River are ancient. They depict wild animals and hunters. Scientists often come to study these drawings.
Scientists have proposed assigning the status of the monument of history and culture of local significance to the Arpa River in order to preserve the unique drawings on the rocks.
ZHANDOS KURBANOV, ACTING DIRECTOR, CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER:
- Rock drawings are located on the slopes of the mountains. This means that there is no way to transport them to another place. The best solution will be to create an open-air museum here to show petroglyphs of the Arpa River. I think that in order to preserve the petroglyphs, it is necessary to open such a museum here.
As part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program, holy places in Kazakhstan will be collected in a Cultural and Geographical Belt. Each historical site will be given special attention. Local and foreign tourists can learn about the historical sites not only by reading its information but also by visiting the area. Experts said the establishment of cultural tourism will showcase a rich heritage of Kazakhstan to the world.