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Old Beineu mosque.

The underground mosque Old Beineu is in a southeast from regional center Beineu, in 21 kilometer, to the right of a motorway of the to in Aktau. Entrance to a mosque Old Baineu is symbolized with a brick, beautiful arch and kilometer avenue of trees which leads to an extensive complex of ancient burial places - Old Beineu.
South to the west from a spring and dwelling of shepherds there is the extensive necropolis divided channel of two ravines on two half. The main premise of a mosque - round diameter about 4,5 meters.
The ceiling has the form of a flat dome. As a whole the interior simulates Kazakh yurt. Mihrab the niche in south-west to a wall, is a prayful hall. From the western party it adjoined with a semicircular premise in which for angular poles the level of a floor is lifted like sufi.
Obviously, from northern party the hall incorporated wide pass to the third premise. Purpose this premise it is not absolutely clear. It could be or the additional area of a prayful hall or a warehouse - is usual nomads on a way from Mangyshlak to Emba arranged underground warehouses for storage of a cargo.
The narrow doorway of this premise connects it with one - the fourth. Walls and a ceiling have fallen, and on a floor fragments of gravestone monuments are found out. Walls of all premises of a mosque are smoothly processed and have no traces of decorative registration, except for superficial niches for fixtures.
By a tidy condition of a monument, local mans preserves it.

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Authority:
«Monuments of the Central Asia». The author of M. Khahsimov. Publishing house,  Saga, 2001

Alexander Petrov'photos.