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Mausoleum of Dombauyl.

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The Dombaul mausoleum is located on the ancient necropolis Dambaul, north of the Kyzylzhal mountains, in the Ulytau district of the Karaganda region, 689 meters from the left (eastern) bank of the Kara-Kengir river, 1.1 kilometers north-west from the Aydos pumping station, in 39.4 kilometers northeast of the city of Satpayev.
The author, builder and history of creation are unknown. One of the largest stone structures in Kazakhstan, built in the pre-Islamic period, VIII - IX centuries. The mausoleum was built of limestone and clay mortar.
The plan of the interior is trapezoidal. The entrance is oriented to the east. The total height of the cone-shaped building is 6 meters. The walls are up to 2.5 meters thick. Dimensions in plan along the outer perimeter - 8.5 x 7.5 meters.
The mausoleum is a tall cone-shaped structure on a nearly square base. The entrance opening is raised from the ground level by 2 meters, to which there are five high steps of 37 centimeters each. Stone tombstones like Dombauyl were called by the Kazakhs "uytas", "melons".
They are widespread in Central Kazakhstan, especially in the valley of the Torgai River. The first written mention of the Dombaul mausoleum is found in Ch.Ch. Valikhanov in the article "On the Kirghiz-Keisak tombs (molahs) and antiquities in general."
In 1946, the Central Kazakhstan archaeological expedition of the Academy of Sciences of the Kazakh SSR (headed by A.Kh. Margulan) together with representatives of the Office of Architecture Affairs under the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR, architects M. B. Levinson and G.G. Gerasimov, examined the mausoleum.
In 1974, restoration work was carried out: the corners of the building and the entrance opening were restored. The floor was laid with stone tiles, blind areas were made. The chief architect of the restoration project is M.A. Mamanbaev.
In 1973, an expedition of the Ministry of Culture of the Kazakh SSR made measurements, photographs and topography at the mausoleum (M.A.Mamanbaev, M.K. Sembin, M.S. Nurkabaev). Monument of history and architecture of republican significance (Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Kazakh SSR №133 dated 02.17.1949).
Geographic coordinates of the Dombaul mausoleum: N48 ° 11'36.27 "E67 ° 50'41.49"

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