Ancient settlement of Saraishyk to become tourist attraction
In the near future, the museum complex ‘Saraishyk’ in Atyrau will become a real historical destination. All conditions for receiving tourists will be created. For this purpose, it is planned to restore the main objects, stated Deputy Director of Saraishyk State Museum-Reserve Aibek Turaruly.
“Work is underway to restore the northern gate of the citadel, which was discovered during excavations last year. Restoration is scheduled for August,” Turaruly said.
According to the project, it is planned to build a large tourist center ‘Sapar,’ which would receive visitors. The documents for the construction of the facility have been prepared and are currently undergoing state examination. Experts have no doubt that the Saraishyk State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve will become a popular tourist attraction.
The museum has more than 4,000 exhibits from different historical periods. The oldest one is the seventh-century wheat mill. Another unique exhibit is Abai’s book written in Latin.
The museum’s collection is constantly replenished. For example, 150 antiquities have been donated to the museum since the beginning of quarantine. The largest collection of finds of nearly 100 items from the Sarmatian era was presented by a villager Rauan Sabirov. These are arrows, ceramics, and Turkic period ornaments, which were used in the 18th-19th centuries. The most valuable among them is a jug with floral ornament. Scientists attribute it to the 16th and 17th centuries. These items are further proof that Saraishyk has been a major political, commercial and cultural center for many centuries.