Mausoleum of Taksai princess

The Mausoleum of the Taksai Princess was established in Western Kazakhstan as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program. The facility is seven meters tall and four meters wide. The tomb is located near the Dolinnoe village. The burial site of the young woman dates back to 5th century BC. Historians believe that the finding belongs to the Savromat and Sarmatian cultures. The Taksai burial mound is one of the seven holiest sites of Kazakhstan. Also, the restored sculpture ‘Altyn Khanshayim’ was presented to scholars in many countries and was exhibited in the British Museum, China, Azerbaijan, Russia and Korea. At the burial site, archaeologists discovered more than 1,000 valuable artifacts, including bronze arrowheads, horse harnesses, gold jewelry, bone and wood, and ritual artifacts.

NADIYA ZHASTLEK, MUSEUM GUIDE, WEST KAZAKHSTAN REGION:

- The princess dates back to the 6th to 5th centuries BC and represents the late Sarmatian period. Archeologists discovered many gold jewelry items at her burial ground. There are 119 jewelry pieces with the total weight of about three kilograms.

YANA LUKPANOVA, STAFF, HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY CENTER:

- It is interesting that the pit itself was shaped as a quadriga chariot, which carried her away towards the sunset. The walls of the pit have decorations of  sun and rays. We discovered a lot of ritual items at the burial site.

49 sites of Akmola region were also included in the map of Kazakhstan’s Holy sites. The landmarks are located in Yereymentau, Sandyktau, Zerendy and Atbasar districts. The holy sites include the burial site of Uali Khan, the eldest son of Abylaikhan and grandfather of Shokan Ualikhanov. Uali Khan is the only Kazakh khan buried in his homeland. From now on, tourists visiting Akmola region have the opportunity to visit the holy site. Improvements such as lighting, pavilions and pavements built around the tomb were made for visitors. This site was included in the travel destinations as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program.

TLEKTES NURSEYITOV, SENIOR STAFF, CENTER FOR HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE:

- There are many historical and cultural sites in Akmola region, including 1,032 local scale sites, four republican scale sites and 558 sites under the preliminary registration. There are people all over the world who prefer extreme conditions looking for spiritual sites.