On the western spurs of the Dzungarsky Alatau Ridge there is the Altyn-Emel National Park, the largest reserve in Kazakhstan. On the territory of the park there are several historical monuments - Scythian (Saxon) burial mounds of Bes-Shatyr, dating back to the 1st millennium BC and Tamgaly Tas with ancient rock images, the earliest of which are attributed to the 16-14 centuries BC.
The necropolis of Bes-Shatyr (Five Tents) was a place of worship for the ancient Saks who lived in present-day Kazakhstan in the first millennium BC. Here, on the territory of 2 sq.km a 18 royal mounds about 9 m in diameter and about 2.5 m in height are located. This unique monument of early nomads is located in Semirechye, in the upper reaches of the Ili River. To the west of the king's mounds stretches from north to south a chain of 45 stone slabs with images of animals carved on them. Scientists believe that this place was a ritual part of the necropolis.
Petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas
In 170 km from Almaty, a unique sanctuary with rock paintings was found in the Tamgaly Tas tract (stones marked with signs), which is a real ancient art gallery.
More than 4000 drawings belonging to the Bronze Age of early nomads and the Turkic period were found: images of cult solar deities, wild and domestic animals, scenes of hunting, rituals, sacrifices, women's figures and much more. Near the gorge are burial grounds of the Bronze Age and early nomads, as well as traces of their settlements. The Tamgaly Petroglyph Gallery is a treasure of world importance and is protected by the UNESCO Foundation.
You can plan and book a trip to Altyn Emel National Park through the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre in advance.
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