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Government program "Мәдени мұра" - Cultural heritage of Kazakhstan

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Reconstruction of monuments in foreign countries

Sultan Beibars Mausoleum in Damask (Syria)

On October 21, 2007 the governments of Kazakhstan and Syria signed the agreement on cooperation in construction of historical and cultural center and mausoleum of Al-Farabi and restoration of Sultan Az-Zakhir Beibars mausoleum in Damask.

Historical and cultural center Al-Farabi in Damask (Syria)

The president of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbaev during his visit to Syria in November 2007 said that “only in conditions of independence we managed to start formation of our history, learn and find sources in all the regions of the world. Now we begin to bring back to memory such our great ancestors that were born in the territory of Kazakhstan and became popular in the world as scientists, philosophers, poets. Here in Syria it is Abu Nasyr Al-Farabi, and today we want to perpetuate his name. Our state allots necessary amount of funds to restoration, so that Kazakh and Syria people always remember our common history, common ancestor”.

Scientific expedition to search the archives and libraries

In terms of the national program “Cultural heritage” there were organized scientific and research expeditions to China, Russia, Armenia, Mongolia, Turkey, Egypt, states of west Europe, including national libraries of Paris, Madrid, Berlin, secret archive of Vatican to reveal and acquire manuscripts, rare publications, books and archive documents that are of historical value in the cultural heritage of the Kazakh people. The complex investigations of the folk art of the Kazakh living in the states abroad, Mongolia, Russia, China, are held. Hence, it was discovered and introduced to scientific turnover more than 5 thousand valuable archive documents on history, ethnography, art of the Kazakh people. The practical result of the expedition in Mongolia is production of the copies of Old Turkic stone sculptures with runic inscriptions of VII AD. Nowadays the copies of Tonykok and Terkin monuments are installed in atrium of the National university n.a. L.N. Gumilev.

Stela Tui-ukuku (Tonyukuka) and Terkin stela in Mongolia

The monment is situated in 60 km from Ulan-Bator. Inscriptions are made on two high tetrahedral columns. First researches of the monument refer to 1897. Archeologists D.A. Klements, E.A. Klements published data about the complex of monuments Tonyukuk. In 1898 turcologist V.V. Radlov using estampage of an inscription of the monument made the first translation. In connection with the studying of Old Turkic heritage and monuments of nomads in 2001, 2004, the research was made by Kazakhstani expeditions.