Ayshah Bibi Mausoleum

In the south of Kazakhstan, on the Talas River near the Kyrgyz border is Taraz, a major city of the Jambul province. Dating back more than 2,000 years, it is one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan and in 2001 UNESCO recognized its status as a World Heritage Site.

The mausoleum of Karakhan is a monument of medieval architecture. It’s built on the grave of one of the representatives of the Kara-Khanid dynasty. The mausoleum is an example of medieval architecture in the territory of Kazakhstan. Presumably it was built in the 11th century. It is a square in plan portal-dome structure. It consists of a central hall and three small corner rooms (hujras).

As a student, I travelled through Kazakhstan for a few weeks in 1983 and also came to the region of Jambul. This photo was taken there.

Information about taking this photo

This photo was taken in the 1980s analogue on film and developed promptly in the lab. I am currently starting to scan the old films in my archive. I am working with a reflecta CrystalScan 7200 and Silverfast software, but I am still experimenting and learning. I am not yet satisfied with the result and will replace the photo as soon as I get better results.

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