The ‘Azret Sultan’ State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum located in Turkistan will be renovated. Currently, its architectural appearance is reformed to unite several cultural objects of different eras. The main historical site of the city, the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, is also being reconstructed as part of the large-scale construction. Builders and architects have teamed up to restore the historical monument. Their main goal is to preserve the new look that integrates different cultures and values.
“You can’t use ordinary cement here. There is a laboratory that makes a special solution, which was once used for the construction of the mausoleum. The restoration of such a monument is a difficult and meticulous work,” said the representative of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports, Kumis Seitova.
The dome of the mausoleum is almost completely renovated. It was covered with a special ventilation layer to avoid corrosion. The tomb and the palace hall of the Kazakh khans, where they held meetings and received ambassadors, will soon be renovated. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“Amir Timur had not completed the construction of the mausoleum in due course. After his death, a struggle for power began, and there was no time for that. In the following centuries, the mausoleum was gradually completed, and this is how it survived until modern times,” Acting Director of the ‘Azret Sultan’ State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum Yersin Tazhibayev said.
The reconstruction is carried out at 18 sites in Turkistan. In addition, a botanical garden and an ethno village are being built next to the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. The ancient Kultobe settlement, where archaeological excavations are currently underway, will in the future turn into an open-air museum.