Mysterious village in South Kazakhstan attracted historians' attention
Karnak village in South Kazakhstan has gained the attention of Kazakh historians. According to them, the village area requires careful study. The area was formerly the center of trade, crafts and science since the Middle Ages. The Taikazan from the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi was placed here in the 14th century. Four madrasahs were operating in the area up until the 19-20th centuries. Many famous intellectuals of that time were studying there.
MEKEMTAS MYRZAKHMETOV, DOCTOR OF PHILOLOGY:
- At the time of Tauke Khan, Karnak was a kind of a laboratory for the production of weapons. It was also a place where Khan’s children were studying. That was Karnak’s role. It was a small town at that time.
The exact origin and the meaning of the word “Karnak” remains a mystery for the historians. There are various legends related to it. There is also a mysterious mulberry tree, aged over 1,300 years old, growing here. The villagers plan to promote the historical heritage of the region and develop domestic tourism. Monuments will soon be erected and additional archeological studies will be held in the area.
ZHAMBYL ARTYKBAYEV, PROFESSOR, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:
- Karnak is famous not only for their mosques and madrasahs. Ambassadors also visited this place. Guests visiting the lands belonged to Khan in Turkistan made a stop here. There were special hotels in the village. It means that the history of Karnak village is related to the history of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy development.