TRAILS OF NOMADS EXPEDITION IN PALESTINE

TRAILS OF NOMADS EXPEDITION IN PALESTINE

The ‘Trail of Nomads’ expedition members continue to study the heritage of ancient Mamluks Kipchak Turks in the Middle East. The team had been to Israel and Palestine for the research. They visited the tomb of Prophet Musa, which is located at the Judean desert. In the 13th century, Sultan Baybars visited the burial site and ordered his men to build a large complex around the tomb.

SAPAR ISKAKOV, EXPEDITION CURATOR

-The tomb of Prophet Musa is located five to six kilometers away from the north of Jericho city and 15 kilometers away from the east of Jerusalem. Sultan Baybars wanted people to visit and pray at the burial site. Therefore, he ordered a large-scale construction of a complex there, specifically for pilgrims.

The Tower of David, also known as Jerusalem Citadel, was built in the second century BC. The medieval fortress was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. The Mamluks built a new tower at the area during their reign. However, the tower is unfortunately destroyed and only its foundation is preserved.

SAPAR ISKAKOV, EXPEDITION CURATOR

-Now we are in a very ancient building, the citadel of David. This place has become a big museum.

One of the rooms in the citadel is known worldwide. Leonardo da Vinci even drew it. According to legend, the famous Last Supper took place in the room. (Historians say that the Mamluks might have reconstructed the premises). The expedition members visited significant shrines in Israel and Palestine in order to find traces of the Desht-I-Kipchak origin.