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Kesene’s Mausoleum (Timur’s Tower)

This is one of the most mysterious sites in Chelyabinsk region. It originated in the 14th century being the masterpiece of early Muslim architecture steeped in numerous legends and known as the tower of Timur Leng. 

Researchers cannot solve the riddle how it appeared in the South Ural steppe. In the late 19th century a burial of a young woman was discovered in the mausoleum. There were some remains of a silk scarf around her neck, gold earrings were found near her skull. It was obvious that the woman was noble. Then a beautiful legend appeared. The legend was that the buried woman was Kesene, the daughter of the great commander Timur or Tamerlane.

They say that Kesene loved a simple soldier and escaped with him. Furious Timur ordered to catch up with the couple and kill both. When the paroxysm of fury was over there came remorse. The commander ordered to construct a tomb in the steppe where his daughter was buried.

The history of the mausoleum construction was also legendary. It was built of brick containing red clay, eggs of wild birds and camel milk. It is assumed that the bricks were made near the Uy river, in the area of modern Troitsk and were passed from one soldier to another in chain up to the tower itself. The new bricks for the renovation of the tower were made and kilned according to ancient techniques.

Locals are sure that Timur’s tower possesses special invigorating power. People who come there are rejuvenated because they are so-called “immersed in time”. They say that if you write your name on the wall your life will be happy. This explains why Kesene’s mausoleum became a place of pilgrimage for lovers.

The mausoleum is located three kilometers of Varna village, on the way to Novopokrovskoe village and on the bank of the overgrown Lake Kesene.

Created: December 15, 2010
Updated: December 17, 2010

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