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Monument for Valikhanov in settlement of Shankhanai.

Historical sights of Almaty region.

“Like a brilliant meteor, a descendant of the Kazakh khans and at the same time an officer of the Russian army, Chokan Chingisovich Valikhanov, flashed over the field of oriental studies. Russian Orientalists unanimously recognized his phenomenal appearance and expected great and important revelations from him about the fate of the Turkic peoples, but Chokan's premature death deprived us of these hopes. In less than thirty years he did what others could not do in their entire life"

Outstanding Russian orientalist, academician N.I. Veselovsky (1848 - 1918).


Monuments to outstanding people of Kazakhstan.

The monument to Shokan Valikhanov is located 100 meters south-west of the Altyn-Emel museum in the village of Shankhanai (Shokan), Kerbul district, Almaty region. The sculptor of the monument is Iulian Rukavishnikov, the architect is Nikolai Milovidov (Russia).
The monument was erected in 1979. A solid bridge was built across the dry canal bed, and then a monumental staircase leads to the monument. The monument is located on a hill with a picturesque view of the surroundings.

Authority and photos by
Alexander Petrov.