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Ush-Aral Mosque-Madrasah.

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“I showed the lost way and guided them.
 Wherever I go, I have a companion - Khidr.
On that I went underground at sixty-three.
At five he subjugated himself to the laws of Sharia,
Fasting has become my habit on the road of faith.”

Hikmets of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi.

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The Abdulla Ishan Mosque (also the Usharal Mosque) is located at an altitude of 342 meters above sea level, located in the southeastern part of the Usharal village in the Talas district of the Zhambyl region. The Ush-Aral mosque-madrasah, has the name, as the Abdulla Ishan mosque was built in 1906 by a master named Islam.
The mosque is a 16-domed building, rectangular in plan (30 x 15 meters), with an average height of 12.5 meters. The mosque consists of a main room with a mihrab and two side rooms with independent entrances.
The building is rectangular in shape with a ledge of a mihrab niche on the western wall. The building was built of baked European-style bricks. In plan, the building has a size of 12.5 x 10.2 meters, the height of the walls is 3.5 meters.
The main room is crowned with a dome on a drum. The side rooms, as well as the open galleries adjoining them on three sides, are covered with a series of nine domes, drawn with sails on square pylons. Above the entrance is an excerpt from the Koran, made in the technique of sgraffito with blue ganch on white plaster.
There were several inscriptions in the same technique on other walls inside the mosque. The mihrab was decorated with a relief frame made of colored ganch. In 1982, the Abdullah Ishan mosque was included in the list of historical and cultural monuments of the Kazakh SSR of republican significance and taken under state protection.
Restoration work was carried out by the State Enterprise "Kazrestavratsiya" of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Restoration work was carried out for two years, 18,000,000 tenge was spent. The roof was restored with waterproofing.
Restoration of exterior walls and interior walls. Facing domes with special restoration tiles, restoration of floors, landscaping of the territory with fencing. In two years, restoration work was completed on the roof with waterproofing, restoration of external walls and interior walls, facing of domes with special restoration tiles, restoration of floors, landscaping of the territory with fencing.
Geographic coordinates of the Ush-Aral mosque-madrasah (Abdullah Ishan mosque): N43 ° 53'05.35 "E70 ° 30'55.83"

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The arch is a monument of culture, architecture and archeology of the Jambyl region. 2002.

Photos by
Alexander Petrov.