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Top Choice Mausoleum in Turkestan

Yasaui Mausoleum

This astoundingly beautiful, tiled mausoleum with a turquoise dome is home to Kozha Akhmed Yasaui. The main chamber is capped with an 18m-wide dome, above a vast, 2000kg, metal kazan (cauldron) for holy water, given…
Top Choice International in Turkestan

Edem Restaurant

Edem Hotel's courtyard restaurant – by far the best place to eat in town – is a fine place to down good shashlyk, sushi, pasta, salads and beer.
Ruins in Turkestan

Sauran

Some 48km northwest of Turkestan stand the best preserved and most atmospheric ruins of all the many ruined Silk Road cities in the Syr-Darya valley. Its circuit of baked-earth walls, plus remains of some bastions, …
Museum in Turkestan

Historical-Cultural-Ethnographic Centre

This big, proud new museum has three floors of colourful exhibits on regional history, from prehistoric petroglyphs and household implements of the Kazakh nomads to the obligatory Nazarbayev homage on the top floor.…
Mausoleum in Turkestan

Mausoleum of Rabigha-Sultan Begum

This small building with a tiled turquoise dome is actually a replica of the 15th-century original (which was torn down in 1898). Rabigha-Sultan Begum was a great-granddaughter of Timur whose husband, Abylkayyr Khan…
Mosque in Turkestan

Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque

On a small hill within the Yasaui Mausoleum grounds stands the low-slung 12th- to 15th-century Hilvet semi-underground mosque, with the cell to which Kozha Akhmed Yasaui is said to have withdrawn towards the end of …
Mosque in Turkestan

Friday Mosque

This 19th-century mosque displays a wooden minbar and some religious items dating back to the time of its construction. The wall outside the mosque and the wooden column in the corner allegedly date back to Yasaui's…
Uzbek in Turkestan

Nameless Eatery

Around the corner from Hotel Edem, this tiny, nameless hole-in-the-wall serves plov (pilaf) and grilled meats, cooked in a clay oven just outside, to a happy local crowd. Your nose will lead you there.
Museum in Turkestan

History Museum

The History Museum, in the Yasaui Mausoleum grounds, focuses mostly on Kozha Akhmed Yasaui, Sufism and Islamic learning. There are models of the Yasaui Mausoleum, the Aristan Bab Mausoleum and the Hilvet semi-underg…
Central Asian in Turkestan

Kafe Aspan

A neat and tranquil spot on the main street, with good salads, soups and meat dishes.