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Konyr-Auliye cave.

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Konyr-Auliye cave is in the intermountain valley, in 2 kilometers on the southeast from confluence Sargadak and Karlybulak. Spurs of the ridge Kanchingiz with the anonymous mountain 1152 meters high above sea level go down from East side to a cave.
From West side from a cave are located the mountain Mashan with east ridges Suykzhal and Kyzylzhal. The cave is located in Abay district, the East Kazakhstan region in 70 kilometers from the regional Karaul center. In 22 kilometers on the northwest there is a settlement of Bestamak.
Approximately in 200 kilometers from the town of Semey, in Abay district, the East Kazakhstan region are the mountain Shyngystau. There is a mountain Aktas with Konyr-Auliye cave. In a cave there is a lake which water is considered curative.
The cave represents the crevice turned on the South, an entrance narrow. Height at an entrance - more than two meters, through one and a half meters is the small platform which is filled up with large fragments of stones.
The entrance to a cave at its beginning was not always filled up with fragments of rocks, most likely stones poured during tests of nuclear weapon on Semipalatinsk Test Site. From here 70 kilometers to the massif Degelen who was the center of nuclear tests.
The cave gradually leaves deep into with sharp decrease. Slippery stones and approximately through 70 meters the small lake with clear, cold water of bluish color appears. Sizes of the lake 17 x 18 by 12 x 15 meters.
Water temperature in the lake is 8 degrees. In a cave all the year round constant temperature, about +7 degrees. At distance about 50 meters from the coast of the lake the arch of a cave falls very low over water.
In the archaeological relation the cave is not of interest as it crude and cold also can interest only cave explorers. In Kazakhstan there are three caves, have the identical name - Konyr-Auliye. According to the legend, three Saints were late to departure of an ark of Nov.
They managed to escape from a Flood on a huge log. Then each of them founded several sacred places on the earth. Such is a legend. On the high hill in a small grotto there is a big bowl filled with water. Sometimes it overflows, a water time in the very bottom.
People drink this water, make wishes. Some remain to spend the night in the house at the foot of the hill, waiting for filling of a bowl. In a cave over you huge boulders hang. It is possible to touch some of them with hands, others are highly above.
At the bottom of a cave tens of graves of the Kazakh batyrs who died in war with Zunghars. There is a legend that in XVIII, Kabanbai the batyr, took refuge in a cave with group in several thousands of people, and after a while suddenly struck to the back of the Dzungarian troops.
Old residents carefully tell to descendants the legend that at one of tops Shyngystau Temudzhin was lifted on a white felt and is proclaimed by the khan then received a new name.

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Authority
The official site of the Semipalatinsk deanery of the Ust-Kamenogorsk and Semipalatinsk diocese of the Metropolitan district of Russian Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan. http://vko-eparhia.kz

Photos by
Alexander Petrov.