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 allowed 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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