Mangistau region; home to 362 sacred sites


The Mangistau region lies to the southwest of Astana at the Caspian Sea shore and on the border with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In ancient times, Mangistau was the land of nomads that found haven in the wilderness of the desert. One of the Great Silk Road branches traversed the region, which left invaluable cultural heritage that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Mangistau is home to 362 sacred sites, most of which date back to the ancient times of Great Silk Road. One of the most famous sites is the Beket Ata underground mosque. Born in 1750, Beket Ata was one of the greatest religious teachers, scientists and philosophers in the history of Central Asia.

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The Shakpak Ata underground mosque is another beautiful site. The mosque is located in the Tub-Karagan district and is considered the most ancient architectural monument in the western region of Kazakhstan dating back to the 9th-10th centuries. The mosque remained in its original form and has never been modified.

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Other sites that we recommend visiting include the Seisem Ata necropolis, the Ustyurt Plateau, Mangyshlak and Kendirli-Kayasan, Aktau and Karatau mountains and desert lands. A trip to Mangistau will be the one you will never forget. It will immerse you in the beautiful mysterious culture of the nomads and the Great Silk Road.