Arystan Bab Mausoleum
Arystan Bab was the spiritual mentor of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a celebrated Turkic Sufi and poet.
One of the holiest places in the Turkistan Province is the Mausoleum of Arystan Bab, founded in the 12th century. Arystan Bab was a spiritual mentor of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, and also, according to legends, an associate of the Prophet Muhammad.
The exterior of the mausoleum is unusual: the minarets (towers), from where the Adhan (a call to prayer) is recited, are similar to the observation towers. The most striking feature is the so-called “portal” - a wide arch, in which Islamic architectural tradition intertwines with European and Russian ones. The ancient handwritten Quran, an example of medieval calligraphic art, is dispalyed here.
The beauty of this spiritual place is impossible to convey in words – you should see it with your own eyes. The Arystan Bab Mausoleum will undoubtedly give you a lot of pleasant emotions.