World Heritage Sites in Kazakstan


Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi

(43.29 N 68.27 E) -- satellite image

This unfinished mausoleum is located in the city of Turkistan in southern Kazakhstan. It was commissioned in 1389 by Tamerlane to replace a smaller 12th-century mausoleum of the famous Sufi master, Khoja Ahmed Yasavi. The building, one of the largest for its time, was left unfinished after Tamerlane's death in 1405.


Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly

(43.803 N 75.535 E) -- satellite image

Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan

(51.486 N 64.304 E)

Silk Roads: Routes of Chang'an - Tianshan Corridor

( multiple locations)

The Silk Road stretches from Chang'an/Luoyang to the Zhetysu region of Central Asia. It took shape between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD and remained in use until the 16th century. This major trade route lined multiple civilizations and promoted the exchange of goods, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge and technological innovation.

This nomination includes 33 sites, spread out over China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Some of the most well-known included sites are:

See World Heritage in China for more information.


Western Tien-Shan

This joint listing consists of 13 parks and nature reserves, divided over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Located in one of the largest mountain ranges in the world, the Western Tien-Shan ranges in altitude from 700 to 4,503 m. It is known for its plant biodiversity. Especially its wild fruit and walnut forest which are among the largest remaining in the world.

See joint listing with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.



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Last Updated: October 1, 2016