Sunday, 3 December 2017

Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

Even unfinished, this mausoleum still looks quite impressive

Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi
This postcard was sent from Russia by Anna

The Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi is an unfinished mausoleum 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, to replace a smaller 12th-century mausoleum of the famous Turkic poet and Sufi mystic, Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (1093–1166). However, 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. Its creation marked the beginning of the Timurid architectural style. - in: wikipedia

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