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Bisenbay necropolis.

Tours & Activities in sights of Mangyshlak.

“Only he deserves a monument who does not need it”

 William Hazlitt (Hazlitt).

Monuments of history and culture of Kazakhstan.

The Bisenbai Necropolis is located in the Tupkaragan district of the Mangistau region dates from the XVII - XX centuries. Located 30 kilometers east of the city of Fort Shevchenko, covers an area of ​​0.8 hectares.
The necropolis is located on a hill 4 kilometers north of the Sagyndyk necropolis. The Bisenbai Necropolis consists of two mausoleums, several saganates built from sawn sandstone limestone slabs. The solution in the masonry masonry was used clay, foundations were not built.
The main facades of the mausoleums stood out in the form of portals, the walls were raised at the corners. The domes of the mausoleums were arranged from roughly processed plates using the false arch technique, in gradual rows above each other.
They were shaped by subsequent grinding or veneering with sawn sandstone slabs. The surfaces of the facades of many buildings, lined with slabs, have a relief decor in the form of niches, as well as art paintings on the contour carving of the ornamental pattern.
Also, the walls of facades and interiors are covered with graffiti drawings depicting horses, people with weapons, there are inscriptions in Arabic script. Stone gravestones of a neocropolis such as koytas and kulpytas are distinguished by high artistic patterns and speak of the local school of stone-carving art that existed here.
The Bisenbai Necropolis is an example of a late monumental cult complex, represented by large grave structures, as well as small architectural forms. The main part of the necropolis is made up of saganatams with original corner peaks and well-preserved colorful decor with a large archaic pattern.
The decorative design uses flat embossed carving, sometimes with a painted background, depicting weapons and an Arabian biographical epitaph in the Kazakh language.

Authority and photos:
Andrey Astafiev. Aktau city.