Yasawi

 

Yasawi is an unfinished mausoleum, located in the city of Turkestan in southern Kazakhstan.

The structure was commissioned in 1389 by Timur, who ruled the area as part of the expansive Timurid Empire, but construction was halted with the death of Timur in 1405.

Despite its incomplete state, the mausoleum has survived as one of the best-preserved of all Timurid constructions, and marks the beginning of the influential Timurid architectural style.  The experimental spatial arrangements, innovative architectural solutions for vault and dome constructions, and ornamentations using glazed tiles made the structure the prototype for this distinctive art, which spread across the empire and beyond.

As a result of this architectural significance, the remains of the mausoleum are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
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Totem Hotel

Totem Hotel

This hotel is located in a quiet residential area of Shymkent. An indoor pool, a fitness centre, a sauna, billiards and free Wi-Fi are featured at Totem Hotel. The bright, air-conditioned rooms offer warm-coloured interiors and modern décor. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

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Apartment on Zheltoqsan Street

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Shymkent Hotel

Shymkent Hotel

Shymkent Hotel offers a fitness centre and free WiFi. Free parking is available on site. The rooms have a balcony, TV and minibar. All rooms come with air conditioning and a private bathroom. Average score from 326 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$32

 
$328.8
Dostyk Hotel

Dostyk Hotel

This hotel is located in the business area of Shymkent, 500 metres from Kaldayakova Park. A sauna, massage services and a 24-hour front desk are featured at Dostyk Hotel. Average score from 35 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

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Apartment Baytursynov 9

Apartment Baytursynov 9

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Orda Hotel

Orda Hotel

Located in the northern part of Shymkent, Orda Hotel offers free WiFi and free private parking. Delfin Water Park and Abay Park are within a 5-minute drive of the property. All rooms are air conditioned and come with cable TV. Average score from 53 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

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Altyn Kazyna

Altyn Kazyna

Featuring free WiFi, a spa centre and a barbecue, Altyn Kazyna offers accommodation in Shymkent. The hotel has a terrace and sauna, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 145 guest reviews: 6.9/10.

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Apartments on Aibergenova 6

Apartments on Aibergenova 6

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Apartments Arman Kala on Turkestan 30

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Cultural
Unusual Local Feature

Birth of Timurid Architecture

The construction of the mausoleum provided important advances in building technology, displaying unsurpassed records of all kinds in terms of its vaulted constructions and artistic innovations. The achievements derived from the mausoleum's erection, together with the Timurids’ patronage of music, calligraphy, Persian miniature painting, literature, and various scientific pursuits,[1] gave birth to a distinct Islamic artistic style, to be known as Timurid.

The spacious structure employed a radially symmetrical plan for spatial arrangement. The visual balance created by the precise construction became a characteristic aesthetic feature of Timurid buildings—one which would famously be adopted by the Mughal Architecture of India, especially in the gardens and structures of Humayun's Tomb and Taj Mahal, both commissioned by descendants of Timur.

The use of glazed tiles, mosaics, patterned brickwork, and Islamic calligraphy was also influential. Advances in pottery techniques allowed for the mass production of glazed tiles used for various decorative functions.
Islamic Landmarks
Considered one of the greatest mausoleums of the Islamic world, it has survived and remains a significant monument both to faith and architectural achievement in the region. The tomb of Yasawi is situated on the central axis at the end of the building in the northwest, with the sarcophagus located exactly at the center of the section.

The dome exterior is covered with hexagonal green glazed tiles with gold patterns. The interior is adorned with alabaster stalactites, known as muqarnas. Additional rooms in the structure include meeting rooms, a refectory, a library, and a mosque, which had light blue geometric and floral ornaments on its walls. The mausoleum's exterior walls are covered in glazed tiles constituting geometric patterns with Kufic and Suls epigraphic ornaments derived from the Qur'an.
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Archeological Sites
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is near of historic citadel, which is now an archaeological site. Remains of medieval structures such as other mausoleums, mosques and bath houses characterize the archaeological area. To the north of the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi, a reconstructed section of the citadel wall from the 1970s separates the historical area from the developments of the modern town.

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