City on the Silk Way, one of the most ancient cities of the country
It is one of the most ancient cities of the country. Taraz was first mentioned in Chinese chronicles in the I century B.C., later it becomes the nodal point on the northern branch of the Great Silk Way. In the medieval period, the city was one of the largest in the state of Karakhanids. At this time, many palaces and caravan-serais were built here. Taraz was seriously destroyed during the Tatar-Mongol invasion. At present, Taraz with its medieval monuments is one of the major touristic sights of Kazakhstan. Nowadays, the ancient city Taraz is considered to be over 2 thousand years old. Monuments in the city of Taraz are of interest for tourists. There are 6 archeological monuments (ancient settlement Taraz and Tortkul of I - XVII centuries, the farm Tonkeris of VI - VII centuries), 13 historical monuments, 53 architecture and city development monuments that reflect the construction periods of planning structure and development of the historical city part, 7 monumental art memorials.