Sunday, April 21, 2013


Sights & Sites
Burana Tower – Balasagun (7 kms out of Tokmok);; 11th Century minaret; among 1st such buildings in Central Asia; original height 45 ms; today is 24.6 m (remaining portion came down during 15th Century earthquake; in 10th-12th Centuries, Karakhanids khanate was great Central Asian and Kazakhstani feudal state; founders, karakhans, chigil tribes, lived in Tien-Shan and, for short time durin 10th Century’s 2nd half, they conquered large territory; among their state’s capitals was Balasagun; Burana tower, mausoleums and other buildings found after archeological excavations are witnesses that time period.

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