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Mazar Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, 10-11th centuries AD. Ayagoz district. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

In Islam, Mazar (shrine) is the tomb of a saint man.

It is one of the Kazakh ancient monuments which is extant today. 

Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu is one of the Kazakh most popular lyric poems. The image of these folklore heroes is the symbol of the eternal love between young man and girl, Kazakh version of Romeo and Juliet. Mazar Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, 10-11th centuries AD. Ayagoz district. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. In Islam, Mazar (shrine) is the tomb of a saint man. It is one of the Kazakh ancient monuments which is extant today. Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu is one of the Kazakh most popular lyric poems. The image of these folklore heroes is the symbol of the eternal love between young man and girl, Kazakh version of Romeo and Juliet.
In April, 2014 the Kasteyev Arts Museum hosted a photo exhibition called My Kazakhstan. Igor Vovnyanko is the author of the works presented at the exhibition. He is a famous film director and Chairman of Kazakhstan Filmmakers' Union. The exhibition is the main part of the series called The Anthology of Ethnic and Architectural Landscape of Kazakhstan. Photos by ©Yaroslav Radlovskiy Clay mazars (shrines), 19th centuries AD. Ulytau district, Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Clay mazars (shrines), 19th centuries AD. Ulytau district, Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Mausoleum, 19th century AD. Ulytau district, Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Mausoleum, 19th century AD. Ulytau district, Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Star of David. Karlag. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Star of David is a monument to Jews who perished in Iosif Stalin camps (Gulags). 

Karlag (Karaganda Corrective Labor Camp) was one of the largest Gulag camps, which existed throughout the Soviet Union.  

Gulag is the acronym for Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Labor Settlements, which was the major instrument of political repression in Soviet Union during 1930-1960.

Star of David. Karlag. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan. Star of David is a monument to Jews who perished in Iosif Stalin camps (Gulags). Karlag (Karaganda Corrective Labor Camp) was one of the largest Gulag camps, which existed throughout the Soviet Union. Gulag is the acronym for Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps and Labor Settlements, which was the major instrument of political repression in Soviet Union during 1930-1960.

Karlag, Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Karlag, Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Clay mazar (shrine), 19th century AD. Ulytau district. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Clay mazar (shrine), 19th century AD. Ulytau district. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

The Jochi khan mausoleum, 13th century AD. Ulytau district. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

This mausoleum is one of the most prominent monuments of Kazakh architecture, located in 50 km to north-east from the town of Zhezkazgan. 

It was built in 1227 on the grave of Jochi khan, the eldest son of Chingiz khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire one of the largest empires in history.

The Jochi khan mausoleum, 13th century AD. Ulytau district. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan. This mausoleum is one of the most prominent monuments of Kazakh architecture, located in 50 km to north-east from the town of Zhezkazgan. It was built in 1227 on the grave of Jochi khan, the eldest son of Chingiz khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire one of the largest empires in history.

Lake Balkhash. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan.

Lake Balkhash is one of the largest lake in Asia and 13th largest continental lake in the world. 

Uniqueness of lake Balkhash is that it has different mineralization on its western and eastern parts divided by a narrow strait. Western basin is almost fresh, eastern part of lake is salty.

Lake Balkhash. Karaganda Oblast, in central Kazakhstan. Lake Balkhash is one of the largest lake in Asia and 13th largest continental lake in the world. Uniqueness of lake Balkhash is that it has different mineralization on its western and eastern parts divided by a narrow strait. Western basin is almost fresh, eastern part of lake is salty.

The Aisha-Bibi mausoleum. 11-12th centuries AD. Taraz, Zhambyl Oblast.Legend says Aisha-Bibi was the daughter of well-known 11th century poet Khakim Suleiman Bakyrgani. After her father died, Aisha was brought up by Sheikh Aikhodzha. Aisha loved a young ruler of Taraz Karakhan Muhammed. Once Karakhan Muhammed asked for marriage to Aisha but her guardian did not give a permission. Aisha decided to leave home and go to her beloved one, but she never reched him. She died of snakebite at Assa River.

The Aisha-Bibi mausoleum. 11-12th centuries AD. Taraz, Zhambyl Oblast.Legend says Aisha-Bibi was the daughter of well-known 11th century poet Khakim Suleiman Bakyrgani. After her father died, Aisha was brought up by Sheikh Aikhodzha. Aisha loved a young ruler of Taraz Karakhan Muhammed. Once Karakhan Muhammed asked for marriage to Aisha but her guardian did not give a permission. Aisha decided to leave home and go to her beloved one, but she never reched him. She died of snakebite at Assa River.

Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. 

It is a part of the Northern Tian Shan mountain system  in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. 

Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan and its former capital until 1997,  is located at the foot of the range.

Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. It is a part of the Northern Tian Shan mountain system in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan and its former capital until 1997, is located at the foot of the range.

Karakhan Mausoleum. 11-12th  centuries AD. Taraz. Zhambyl Oblast, southern Kazakhstan.

According to Kazakh legend, Karakhan was in love with young Aisha-Bibi. He was the one who erected the mausoleum on the place of death of Aisha-Bibi.

Karakhan Mausoleum. 11-12th centuries AD. Taraz. Zhambyl Oblast, southern Kazakhstan. According to Kazakh legend, Karakhan was in love with young Aisha-Bibi. He was the one who erected the mausoleum on the place of death of Aisha-Bibi.

Big Almaty Lake. Ile-Alatau National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. 

Lake is located 28.5 km south of Almaty city.
The lake attract tourists by its spectacular views.

Big Almaty Lake. Ile-Alatau National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. Lake is located 28.5 km south of Almaty city. The lake attract tourists by its spectacular views.

Sunset. Lake Alakol. Almaty Oblast, southern Kazakhstan.

Sunset. Lake Alakol. Almaty Oblast, southern Kazakhstan.

Kurgans guardians. 5-6th centuries. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. 

Kurgan is the Turkic term for mounds of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves.

Kurgans guardians. 5-6th centuries. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. Kurgan is the Turkic term for mounds of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves.

Budda. 5-6th BC. Tamgaly Tract. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. 170 km northwest of Almaty.  The tract has preserved many petroglyphs (rock paintings), images of mysterious deities and late Buddhist inscriptions.

Budda. 5-6th BC. Tamgaly Tract. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. 170 km northwest of Almaty. The tract has preserved many petroglyphs (rock paintings), images of mysterious deities and late Buddhist inscriptions.

Petroglyphs. 5-6 centuries BC. Tamgaly Tract. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.
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Petroglyphs. 5-6 centuries BC. Tamgaly Tract. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. .

Ancient well, reconstruction. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Ancient well, reconstruction. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Lake. Valley of the Ili River. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Lake. Valley of the Ili River. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Scars of time. Aktau mountains. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Scars of time. Aktau mountains. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Aktau mountains. Altyn-Emel National Park.  Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Aktau mountains. Altyn-Emel National Park. Almaty Oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Sand attack. Wood lake. Charyn National Park. Almaty oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. 

Charyn National Park is located about 215 km east of Almaty city. It was created to preserve the natural landscapes, which have special ecological and historical value. Park attracts tourists due to its beautiful views and nature.

Sand attack. Wood lake. Charyn National Park. Almaty oblast, in southern Kazakhstan. Charyn National Park is located about 215 km east of Almaty city. It was created to preserve the natural landscapes, which have special ecological and historical value. Park attracts tourists due to its beautiful views and nature.

The Valley of Castles. Charyn National Park. Almaty oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

The Valley of Castles. Charyn National Park. Almaty oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Eternal peace. Aral sea. Kyzylorda oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Eternal peace. Aral sea. Kyzylorda oblast, in southern Kazakhstan.

Double-minaret mosque, beginning of the 20th century. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Double-minaret mosque, beginning of the 20th century. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Gold fall. Lake Zaisan. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. 

Lake Zaisan is a freshwater lake, located 60 km from the Chinese border  between Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains.

Gold fall. Lake Zaisan. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. Lake Zaisan is a freshwater lake, located 60 km from the Chinese border between Altai and Tarbagatai Mountains.

Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. 

Katon-Karagay National Park is Kazakhstan's largest protected territory  of 643 hectares.

Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. Katon-Karagay National Park is Kazakhstan's largest protected territory of 643 hectares.

Urunkhai River. Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Urunkhai River. Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Mazar Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, 10-11th centuries AD. Ayagoz district. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

In Islam, Mazar (shrine) is the tomb of a saint man.

It is one of the Kazakh ancient monuments which is extant today. 

Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu is one of the Kazakh most popular lyric poems. The image of these folklore heroes is the symbol of the eternal love between young man and girl, Kazakh version of Romeo and Juliet.

Mazar Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, 10-11th centuries AD. Ayagoz district. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. In Islam, Mazar (shrine) is the tomb of a saint man. It is one of the Kazakh ancient monuments which is extant today. Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu is one of the Kazakh most popular lyric poems. The image of these folklore heroes is the symbol of the eternal love between young man and girl, Kazakh version of Romeo and Juliet.

Mazar Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, 10-11th centuries. Ayagoz district. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Mazar Kozy-Korpesh and Bayan Sulu, 10-11th centuries. Ayagoz district. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Abay monument, end of the 20th century. Semey, East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Abay was a great Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher.

Abay monument, end of the 20th century. Semey, East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. Abay was a great Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher.

The giants of spirit. Chokan Valikhanov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky Memorial Literature Museum. Semey, East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Fyodor Dostoevsky is a famous Russian novelist, essayist and philosopher. His most famous works are Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). 

Chokan Valikhanov is a Kazakh scholar, ethnographer, and historian. He is regarded as the father of the modern Kazakh historiography and ethnography.

The giants of spirit. Chokan Valikhanov and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky Memorial Literature Museum. Semey, East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan. Fyodor Dostoevsky is a famous Russian novelist, essayist and philosopher. His most famous works are Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Chokan Valikhanov is a Kazakh scholar, ethnographer, and historian. He is regarded as the father of the modern Kazakh historiography and ethnography.

Abay museum, mosque, end of 20th century. Reconstruction. Semey, East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Abay museum, mosque, end of 20th century. Reconstruction. Semey, East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Mist. Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Mist. Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Lake of love and sorrow. East Kazakhstan, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Lake of love and sorrow. East Kazakhstan, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Katon-Karagay National Park. East Kazakhstan Oblast, in eastern Kazakhstan.

Abay Opera House. Almaty city, southern Kazakhstan.

Abay Opera House. Almaty city, southern Kazakhstan.

The ancient city of Turkestan. Defensive Wall. Reconstruction. Turkestan National Park. South Kazakhstan Oblast. 

Turkestan is one of Kazakh few historic cities that date back to the 4th century AD.

The ancient city of Turkestan. Defensive Wall. Reconstruction. Turkestan National Park. South Kazakhstan Oblast. Turkestan is one of Kazakh few historic cities that date back to the 4th century AD.

The ancient city of Turkestan. Reconstruction. Turkestan National Park. South Kazakhstan Oblast.

The ancient city of Turkestan. Reconstruction. Turkestan National Park. South Kazakhstan Oblast.

Part of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum. Reconstruction. Turkestan National Park. South Kazakhstan Oblast.

Part of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum. Reconstruction. Turkestan National Park. South Kazakhstan Oblast.

Actor Gennadiy Balayev talks to one of the visitors of the exhibition.

Actor Gennadiy Balayev talks to one of the visitors of the exhibition.

Igor Vovnyanko (R) author of the works and an actor Asanali Ashimov (C) with his wife.

Igor Vovnyanko (R) author of the works and an actor Asanali Ashimov (C) with his wife.

Actress Olga Landina at the exhibition.

Actress Olga Landina at the exhibition.

The President of Medeo Photo Club in Almaty attends the exhibition.

The President of Medeo Photo Club in Almaty attends the exhibition.

Actor Vladimir Tolokonnikov (L) and Igor Vovnyanko (R).

Actor Vladimir Tolokonnikov (L) and Igor Vovnyanko (R).

Author of the works Igor Vovnyanko shares art secrets.

Author of the works Igor Vovnyanko shares art secrets.

Poet and filmmaker Hakim Bulibekov at the exhibition.

Poet and filmmaker Hakim Bulibekov at the exhibition.

Funny photo atrract visitors.

Funny photo atrract visitors.

Visitors in the exhibition hall.

Visitors in the exhibition hall.

Visitors in the exhibition hall.

Visitors in the exhibition hall.




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