Karakalpakstan

Remarkable Sights of Karakalpakstan are mostly located in the capital of the region – Nukus. The city itself is relatively young, only 80 years old. Hence, if we turn to the history, it is worth to notice that from the III century BC to IV century AD there was a city called Shurci, which was a part of the Khwarezm state.

It is worthwhile to view the most notable constructions of Karakalpakstan which are the following:

  • The State Museum named after Savitsky: Halls of the museum are divided into thematic departments, ranging from ancient times to the present days. There are a number of items related to Zoroastrianism religion. Also, a collection of Russian avant-garde paintings of the beginning of XX century has a special value for the museum;

  • Ruins of the fortress Gyur Kala: They are located near the town of Khodjeyli. The fortress dated to IV century BC - IV century AD;

  • Muinak: In present days it is called tragedy town. Once it was a flourishing center of Karakalpakstan, located on the shores of the Aral Sea, but now it is a deserted place with the remains of ships and tragic reminder of former life of Muinak.

  • The Ustyurt Plateau: Basically, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts have a particular interest in Ustyurt Plateau, a deserted place between the mountains. This place gets an unprecedented beauty during sunset when the white rocks are painted in crimson hue. Ustyurt Plateau is a favorite habitat for birds of prey, vultures, and eagles. There, you also can see the mountain saiga.

Of course it is not all the beauty of this region, and in spite of the tragic history of Karakalpakstan, there are many things worth to see, learn, and admire.


The fortress Toprak Kala

The fortress Toprak Kala

Toprak-Kala fortress is located in 12 km from Buston settlement in the Ellikkalinsk area of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. It is considered as the most significant among other fortresses of the ancient Khoresm.

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The fortress of Ayaz-Kala.

The fortress of Ayaz-Kala.

At a distance of more than a hundred kilometers from the former coast of the Aral Sea, the well-preserved remains of the ancient fortress of Ayaz-Kala were discovered in some places

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The fortress Kyrk-Kyz Kala

The fortress Kyrk-Kyz Kala

Kyrk-Kyz Kala fortress (I-VIth centuries AD) is in 27 km to the north from the city of Biruni. It is located beyond the city and approximately was the country residence of governors. The name of a fortress means «forty girls». According to one legend, in this fortress lived a courageous queen Gulyaim with forty companions. These brave women beat off from terrible enemies.

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Djanbas-Kala fortress

Djanbas-Kala fortress

Djanbas-Kala fortress is located in the 4th km from settlement Kukcha in Elikkalinsk region of Karakalpakstan. In translation from Turkic the name of the fortress means «an inclined fortress».

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Igor Savitsky's Museum

Igor Savitsky's Museum

In the Nukus Museum named after I.V. Savitsky are presented one of the most unique collections of cloths of Russian artists. Thanks to them the museum it is popular around the world.

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Aral Sea

Aral Sea

Aral Sea is former salty lake in Central Asia. It is on border with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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Muynak

Muynak

The city of Muynak settles down in the territory of autonomous republic Karakalpakstan which is a part of Republic Uzbekistan. In 1963 Muynak has found the city status. In it lives about 30 thousand people.

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