This week our postcard is from one of the most ancient cities in Kazakhstan, Taraz, where historic sites are being restored.
The medieval Aisha Bibi monument is dedicated to faith and to love
Key facts about the Aisha Bibi mausoleum:
- It was built sometime between the 11th and 12th centuries
- Restoration began in 2002 on the monument and gardens
- Legend says an ancient ruler built it for his young forbidden love
- The woman, Aisha Bibi, was killed by a snake while trying to reach him
- Many wedding couples visit the site, hoping for good luck
One of them is the beautiful Aisha Bibi mausoleum, which dates back to between the 11th and 12th centuries.
Euronews’ Seamus Kearney reported: “To make sure Aisha Bibi is remembered for generations to come, full restoration work began in 2002 on the monument and the surrounding gardens.”
According to legend, an ancient ruler constructed the monument for a young woman he fell in love with; she was killed by a snake while attempting to go against her parents wishes to be with him.
Aisha Bibi expert Zhadyrayev Zhemisbek told euronews: “The medieval Aisha Bibi monument is dedicated to faith and to love, and it’s a sacred talisman.”
And that is why so many couples come here on their wedding day, hoping to attract good luck for their lives together.
“They come here to strengthen their connections, to avoid problems and have a good life in this beautiful world,” said Zhemisbek.
The mausoleum is also admired for its unique construction and decorative art.