Country File: Kazakhstan

Turns out that if you’re going to Moscow from Bangkok, there’s a number of fascinating layover options via little known (at least to us, until now) Central Asian airlines, so we’re going to fill out our Country Files for the region the next bit, and here’s the first — Qazaqstan Respublikasy, commonly known as Kazakhstan!

Flag of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan joined UNESCO on 22 May 1992, making it a real country by‘s standard; and it has 5 inscribed and 13 tentative World Heritage Sites:


Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan (2008)
Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (2003)
Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly (2004)
Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor (2014)
Western Tien-Shan (2016)

Turkic sanctuary of Merke (24/09/1998)
Megalithic mausolea of the Begazy-Dandybai culture (24/09/1998)
Barrows with stone ranges of the Tasmola culture (24/09/1998)
Petroglyphs of Eshkiolmes (24/09/1998)
Petroglyphs of Arpa-Uzen (24/09/1998)
Paleolithic sites and geomorphology of Karatau mountain range (24/09/1998)
Archaeological sites of Otrar oasis (24/09/1998)
Cultural landscape of Ulytau (24/09/1998)
Northern Tyan-Shan (Ile-Alatau State National Park) (06/02/2002)
State National Natural Park “Altyn-Emel” (06/02/2002)
Aksu-Zhabagly state natural reserve (06/02/2002)
Silk Road (03/05/2012)
Petroglyph Site of Sauyskandyk (XVIII BC – III AD) (10/06/2016)

Despite Kazakhstan being rather large, the largest landlocked country there is in fact! TCC and MTP both count it as a single place.

Interestingly, two of the five inscribed sites are multinational properties; Silk Roads and Western Tien-Shan.

Our stance on those is that while it’s always nice to visit as many pieces of a serial property as you can, be they inside one country or scattered across many, if you’ve done a proper job of visiting one of the pieces you know the reasons it made the list, and that’s good enough to move on to completely new stuff!


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