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Manor Syrymbet.

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“Two picturesque mountains covered with pine forest cover his estate; sweeping along the rocky ascent and descent, we saw several houses in the taste of our middle-class landowners, and in the middle - a mosque. In the middle of the house occupied by Shyngys and his wife, the decoration matches the landlord's. In the hall there is an organ playing up to twelve pieces; mirrors in the piers, bronze candelabra with crystal pendants, the same sconces; small silk curtains on the doors, trimmed with a thin but wide agramant. In the drawing-room, instead of Gardner's or Kornilov's vases, there are Chinese ones; a lamp on the table, a sofa, etc. All floors are covered with Tashkent and Persian carpets; tiger, leopard and bear skins are draped over the furniture. The overall impression is pleasant"

Alexander Gaines. July 1865.

Tours to historical monuments of Northern Kazakhstan.

Syrymbet's estate (Valikhanov's estate) is the family estate of the Valikhanovs - direct descendants of the Khan of the Middle Zhuz Abylai. It is located 3.8 kilometers to the southeast of the modern village of Syrymbet, Aiyrtau district of the North Kazakhstan region of Kazakhstan.
The estate was built for the widow of Uali-khan Aiganym (grandmother of Chokan Valikhanov) by decree of Emperor Alexander I of April 30, 1824 and by order of the Governor-General of Western Siberia Pyotr Kaptsevich.
Aiganym, being the daughter-in-law of the great Abylai Khan, after the death of her husband, came to grips with the management of the territory and people under her control. She was also quite active in foreign policy.
This activity, manifested in a staunch pro-Russian position, became the reason that in 1838 an attack was made on the estate by a detachment of Kenesary Kasymov's sister, Sultana Bopai. Then the estate was ruined and partially destroyed, however, Aiganym and her relatives were not there at that time.
The estate was quickly restored. This place is famous mainly because it was here that the childhood and youth of the great Kazakh traveler passed. By the thirties of the XXth century, practically nothing remained of the estate: many of its buildings were completely destroyed or dismantled, or were in disrepair.
Chokan Valikhanov spent his childhood and adolescence in the estate, here he came on vacation from the Omsk cadet corps, lived in 1862 - 1864. The estate played an important role in the dissemination of educational ideas and culture in the Kazakh steppe.
The poet and Petrashevist Sergei Durov (in the summer of 1856), who influenced the formation of the views of Chokan Valikhanov, and Grigory Potanin (in the summer of 1895) came here. Aitys of singers and musicians took place here, famous composers Birzhan-sal Kozhagulov and Akhan-sere Koramsin, kobyz player Kurumbay Kangozhin, singer Koke Aljanov, poetess Azhar performed.
In 1982, the remains of the Syrymbet estate were included in the list of historical and cultural monuments of republican significance and are under state protection. To date, the original estate has not survived - after the revolution, it collapsed due to dilapidation and was dismantled.
In 1977, the Kazrestavratsiya association carried out a topographic survey of the land, revealed the foundations of the buildings, collected data on the Syrymbet estate. A pencil drawing by Chokan Valikhanov has survived, which depicts a manor: a residential building with three wings and a mosque, built in 1814, a madrasah, a mill and other outbuildings built before 1835.
In terms of the composition of buildings (excluding the mosque and madrasah), layout (division of the estate into residential and economic zones), location (a picturesque group of buildings near a reservoir and forest lands), the Syrymbet estate is a Russian noble estate of the XIXth century.
January 26, 1982 was included in the register of urban planning and architecture monuments of the North Kazakhstan region. By 1985 (the 150th anniversary of Chokan Valikhanov) the estate was restored. It consists of a so-called manor house with a living room, a school, a mosque, a mill, an apartment house for servants, a bathhouse and outbuildings.