Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

23 October 2019

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Located in Turkestan, Kazakhstan, the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2003. Construction on the mausoleum began in 1938 under Timur to replace a 12th century mausoleum of the famous Turkic poet and Sufi mystic, Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. The structure was never fully built due to the death of Timur in 1405. However, it still stands as one of the best-preserved constructions from the Timurid period. In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mausoleum is also protected as a national monument of Kazakhstan and is a place of pilgrimage for people from across Central Asia.