Taraz Kazakhstan Museums
Taraz Turkestan is located in the very south - southwest, near Uzbekistan, and the first stop on our research trip was the city of Tatarstan, the capital of the Turkmen-Kazakh border region. Seven cadets from West Point land in Turkistan to begin a two-week research trip to Russian-speaking Turkmanistan. The cadets had travelled across the border with Uzbekistan on an overnight train from Astana, a large city in Kazakhstan in the north-east of the country.
Many archaeological tombs have been discovered by gold diggers, including the famous Kurgan Issyk, which contains the remains of a Scythian warrior who has become a symbol of modern Kazakhstan and is exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Almaty. The so-called Golden Man, which is located inside one of the secondary burial chambers, reveals the tomb of an ancient Turkmen warrior, the "Golden Man of Taras."
The treasures of Issyk Hill, including an exact copy of the Golden Man, were originally exhibited in the Kazakh Archaeological Museum of Almaty and are now part of a collection of more than 2,000 artifacts from the museum's collection. The museum is unique in that more than two thousand of these exhibits have been found here since the start of archaeological excavations in 2011.
The museum was acquired in 1935, when more than 200 works by Russian and Western masters were donated. In 2002, on the occasion of the 2000-year anniversary of Taraz, the museum was completely renovated and a new exhibition hall, a museum of writing statues and a museum center were opened. The centre includes an amphitheatre where a retro festival is held, as well as an exhibition centre, art gallery and exhibition hall.
The National Museum of Kazakhstan consists of a collection of more than 1,000 works of art from around the world. Founded in 1973, the museum has four exhibitions that illustrate the history of Taraz and its cultural heritage, as well as the life and work of the city's inhabitants.
In 2012, the museum underwent a major reconstruction and became one of the most modern museums in the country. The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan was founded in Almaty in early 1930, followed by the National Museum in Tashkent in 1953 and then the Central Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Astana in 1962. It covers the history of Taraz and its cultural heritage, as well as the life and work of its inhabitants. A collection of scientific publications providing information on the development of science and technology in Kazakhstan and the world also tracks the development of urban centers in and around Kazakhstan along the Silk Roads.
Zenkov Cathedral is a wooden cathedral located in Panfilov Park in the centre of Almaty, Kazakhstan. There are also a number of attractions, including fascinating museums and unusual buildings that offer a glimpse into the city's diverse past. Visit the Taraz Archaeology and Ethnology Museum, the State Central Museum and the National Museum in Tashkent to make sure you have explored all the attractions of the wider region.
During the hiking part, the guide will lead you through the ancient city, which is more than 2000 years old and located in the south of Kazakhstan. Known for its Soviet Kazakh murals (which are very rare today) and is the oldest museum in Taraz and the only one of its kind in the world. The main work of the museum, "Kazakhstan: Cultural History" of the State Central Museum in Tashkent, is known for its extensive collection of Soviet art works from the time, many of which are more than 300 years old. In front of this museum is the tomb of the famous Kazakh poet Khadzor from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as a number of other famous poets.
Kazakhstan stretches from the deserts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to Siberia, the Caspian Sea and China. It is the third largest country in the world after Russia and the United States and has a population of over 2.5 million people and an economy of about 1.2 billion. I believe that this city has great potential, as it is located between places like Almaty, Bishkek and Tashkent, which are worth visiting.
After visiting the Akyrtas Palace, we return to Taraz and visit the Historical Museum of Taraz, which houses a collection of ancient artifacts (also known as Balbal) from the 2nd - 4th centuries BC. We have time to visit all the historical museums, but we can try to see most of Shymkent and Turkestan, where you will see a variety of historical buildings and monuments as well as a number of archaeological sites. After we have visited the Tarz Open Space Museum, I will go to its Open Space Museum and have a look at it for a few hours.
We cross the border into Uzbekistan and reach Tashkent, where we will discover the ancient city of Shymkents, the largest city in Turkestan and one of the oldest cities in the world. We will take a 9-day Central Asia vacation to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to explore many great cities along the Silk Road. Kazakh musical instruments that I collected from the Kazakh National Museum in Taraz and from a number of other museums throughout the country.