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Kazakhstan Taraz

Taraz city, Kazakhstan (Zhambyl)

Taraz city coat of armsLocal time in Taraz city is December 10, 12:08 am (+6 UTC).

Taraz history

Taraz is standing on the site of ancient city of Taraz, which flourished as a stop along Silk Road from Europe to China until it was destroyed by Mongol armies in the 13th century.

A new town called Aulie-Ata was established on the site by the emirs of Kokand in the late 18th century. The fort and town were captured by Russians in 1864, and in 1938 the town was renamed after Kazakh poet Jam-bul Jabayev (Russian: Zhambyl Dzhabayev; 1846-1945).

Taraz city viewPhosphorite ore which was found in nearest mountain Karatau predetermined development of phosphorite industry in the region. 3 chemical plants were constructed in the city at once.

The collapse of USSR destroyed all the industrial ties and these plants were in heavy crisis. Unemployment was high in the city. Recently all the plants have been almost restored.

On January 8th, 1997, by Kazakhstan President’s decree the city Zhambyl was renamed into Taraz. In autumn 2002 Taraz celebrated its 2, 000th anniversary.

Taraz city central part viewPresent day Taraz city has large phosphate-processing works, a large power station, sugar, leather, and footwear factories and a wool-washing plant.

Taraz views

Taraz city view

Taraz city central part view

Taraz city, Kazakhstan view

Taraz attractions

There are institutions for training teachers, food and light-industry technicians, and irrigation engineers in Taraz. The city also has a museum and two theaters.

The 12th century Aishai-Bibi mausoleum is located 18 km west of Taraz city. It obtained the status of UNESCO-protected architectural monument because of picturesque fretwork, which covers the whole building.

Taraz city, Kazakhstan viewThe 11th century Babadja-Khatun is the only mausoleum in Central Asia with 16-rib umbrella shaped dome. Arabic note on the wall says: “The woman from the country of Babadji”.

Taraz sceneries

Taraz city railway station

Taraz city stadium view

Taraz city entrance gate


Taraz places

Taraz city university

Taraz city theater

Taraz city monument view


Taraz city Aishai-Bibi mausoleum

Taraz city church

Taraz city, Kazakhstan mosque

The questions of our visitors

Geir Arveng asks: I would like to know which animal is pictured in the Taraz Coat of Arms.

Expert's answer:

You can see a leopard on the coat of arms of Taraz.
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