NEW EXHIBITION FEATURES ANCIENT OTYRAR ARTIFACTS
An unusual exhibition has been opened at the military-historical museum of the Kazakh armed forces. The exposition showcases the artefacts from once the most prosperous city of Otyrar located near Turkestan. The scientists claim that these archaeological exhibits are priceless.
A well-known archaeologist, a discoverer of the famous Berel Burial Mounds, Zeinolla Samashev, knows almost everything about these exhibits that date back to the 13th century.
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- Once strong and powerful Otyrar was destroyed by Genghis Khan's troops. The city had a strong army and was able to withstand the khan’s siege for six months. However, it was taken by the invaders because of treachery.
YERALY SHOKAI, CURATOR, OTYRAR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM-RESERVATION:
- This exhibition tells about several periods of the great Otrar. During the siege by the troops of Genghis Khan, the gate of the fortress city was opened by a traitor, Karasha. He then was executed by the khan and the city was turned into ruins.
The ruins of Otyrar didn't last long after the Mongol invasion. The cradle of the Kazakh civilization located at the intersection of the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road. It flourished and prospered for centuries long before the Mongols. The city was entirely emptied in the 19th century. The ruins of the city are now protected by UNESCO.
ZEINOLLA SAMASHEV, HISTORIAN:
- I can’t say that the conditions of the site is very severe or desperate. Of course, there is always a way to improve and one should always strive for perfection. It is necessary to update and rebuild the expositions and for this purpose, we need assistance.
New opportunities can trigger an influx of tourists. On the eve of expo , the Otrar state archaeological museum-reservation is almost ready for the reception of travelers from all over the world. There are works in its improvement.
ZHASULAN TOLEBEKOV, HEAD OF ONTUSTIK TOURISM CENTER:
- There are a lot of people willing to visit South Kazakhstan during the expo.We are in second place after Astana. It is difficult to tell about the number of tourists because the tourist tours for our routes are also sold in Russia and other countries.
According to forecast, there will be 400 thousand people coming to visit the historical complex this year.