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Beket-Ata

Some 285km east of Aktau, Beket-Ata is an important and extremely popular place of pilgrimage for those wishing to visit the underground mosque and final resting place of Sufi mystic and teacher, Beket-Ata (1750–181…
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Shakpak-Ata

Perhaps the most intriguing of all Mangistau’s underground mosques, 10th-century Shakpak-Ata is a cross-shaped affair with three entrances and four chambers, cut into a cliff close to the Caspian coast. The eerily b…
Natural Feature in Mangistau

Sherkala

Around 22km northwest of the town of Shetpe, this awe-inspiring, 332m-high, 1km-long chalk outcrop that resembles a lion's head looms over the desert. To reach it, you pass through a natural feature dubbed the 'gate…
Islamic Tomb in Mangistau

Sultan Epe

Some 55km north of Taushlik, this site is 7km past the Shakpak-Ata turning on the Taushik–Fort Shevchenko road. It consists of a necropolis – tomb of holy man Sultan Epe, considered the protector of sailors – that i…
Islamic Tomb in Mangistau

Shopan-Ata

Some 58km northeast of the oil town of Zhanaozen is this carpeted underground mosque and large necropolis where the oldest tombs, many of them beautifully decorated with inscriptions and swirls, date back to at leas…
Islamic Tomb in Mangistau

Kenty Baba Necropolis

Take the Taushlik–Shevchenko road from Taushlik for 55km, then follow the turnoff towards Sultan Epe for 7km, and you reach the three towerlike buildings of Kenty Baba necropolis. One has tombs inside, accessible by…
Islamic Tomb in Mangistau

Koshkar Ata

One of the most interesting necropolises in Mangistau, Koshkar Ata is a skyline of miniature domes and towers that resembles some fairy-tale city. Just inside the entrance is a fine old koshkar-tas (ram). It's locat…