Aksaray Ding

Aksaray Ding

Archaeologists believe that the building dates from the 11th or 12th century. The  Aksaray Ding, a highly unusual fired-brick structure. A passageway runs through a stepped base. The overall form of the ensemble vaguely resembles a kejebe, the traditional elaborate saddle structure, placed on a camel, in which the Turkmen bride would travel to her wedding. This has given rise to a local legend that the building was the work of a rich man, whose beloved daughter died young. One night she came to her father in a dream, and asked him to build a kejebe over her grave, since she had not been given the opportunity to ride to her wedding when she had been alive. More probably the building was the elaborate entrance to a rural estate or even a forgotten town.

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Dashoguz – Kone Urgench – Darvaza - Ashgabat – Mary – Turkmenabad – Farap.



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