Republic of Karakalpakstan

A sovereign democratic republic within Uzbekistan, the Republic of Karakalpakstan is located in the north-west of Uzbekistan.
The region is surrounded by desert: from the south-west adjoins the Karakum desert, in the north-west – the Ustyurt Plateau, and the Kyzylkum desert in the north-east. Karakalpakstan also includes the southern part of the former Aral sea.
According to scientists finds, people in Karakalpakstan lived from ancient times.
In the II—VI centuries AD as a result of the assimilation of the nomadic Turkic and indigenous Saks population, two new ethnic communities appeared – Oguz and Pechenegs, which became the basis of the ethnic formation of the Karakalpak people.
The territory of the region at different times was conquered by various nationalities, at the end of the XIX century the territory of Karakalpakstan was part of the Khiva khanate, and after the establishment of Soviet Union in 1918 — part of the Khorezm Soviet Republic and Turkestan USSR.
Karakalpakstan today is a sovereign Republic within Uzbekistan. A unique country – the place of the infamous Aral sea and the legendary Nukus State Museum named after I. Savitsky, named abroad “the Louvre in the desert”, which contains 50,000 pieces of avant-garde and post-avant-garde period of Russian art.

Chilpyk Fortress (Shylpyk)

The Chilpyk (Shylpyk) fortress – the «tower of silence», located in 43 kilometers south of the city of Nukus. A pise building with high walls, located on the top of a 35 meter hill. The fortress was built at the end of I century BC. In the VII – VIII century after the arrival of […]
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Eastern Chink of Ustyurt Plateau

Another unique object of geotourism is in the Aral sea region (Karakalpakstan). This is the Eastern chink of the Ustyurt plateau, where as a result of the destruction of water and large reservoirs, various “sculptural compositions” have formed, forming unique, almost fabulous landscapes. According to scientists, the Ustyurt plateau is the bottom of the dried...
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“Stone Forest” in the Djarkuduk Tract

The interesting trips to the objects of the geological history of the Earth are waiting for you in the “Stone forests” in the Dzharakuduk tract (Karakalpakstan). The ancient place is located in the area of Mingbulak basin near the Uchkuduk  – Nukus  motorway. It is a unique paleontological monument of world importance. “Stone forests” are...
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In the middle of the 20th century, on the shores of Lake Sudochie, the fishing village of Urga flourished with a population of several hundred people. It was one of the first Russian villages in the territory of the Republic of Karakalpakstan. The last resident left safely in 1971, but the village continues to “live.” […]
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Karakalpak Branch of The Academy of Arts Of Uzbekistan

Karakalpak Branch of The Academy of Arts Of Uzbekistan Every year more than 20 exhibitions of fine and applied art of Karakalpakstan and other events are held here: meetings with artists, sculptors and artisans, master classes, various competitions and festivals. You can get acquainted with the works of artists of the older generation, and with […]
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The fortress Dzhampyk – Kala is located 50 km. from the city of Nukus, in the immediate vicinity of the National Park Badai – Tugai. The first buildings of the fortress belong to the 4th century BC. – I century AD, but the walls were built much later – from IX to X centuries AD. […]
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BERDAH Museum in Nukus

In 1997, in connection with the 170th anniversary of the great Karakalpak poet-thinker Berdakh, it was decided to establish a museum named after him. Berdah is considered the first historian of the Karakalpak people. In his famous work “Shezhire” collected a lot of historical facts, names and information about the Turkic peoples. In 1998, at […]
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The ancient settlement of Toprak-Kala (I-VI centuries) is located on the territory of Karakalpakstan. It is believed that the settlement was the capital of the ancient Khorezm and until 305 served as the residence of the Khorezm rulers. The Toprak-Kala complex included several palaces, a city and residential buildings. During the excavations there were found […]
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“SAVITSKY” Museum of Arts in Nukus

The founder of the museum – I.V. Savitsky first came to Karakalpakia in 1950 as part of an archaeological and ethnographic expedition as an artist. From the first days of being here, Savitsky’s love for the nature of the region, for the people, for its culture and history was born. With the opening of the […]
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The Sultan Uvays-Bobo complex – a memorial monument of the XVII-XIX centuries. located in the Beruni district of Karakalpakstan. According to local tradition, one of the Prophet’s Companions is buried here – Suhail ibn Omir ibn Rouchon ibn Nohiya ibn, among the people – Sultan Uvays-Bobo. Sultan Uvays became famous for his activity in collecting […]
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Lake Sudochye

Lake Sudochye (Sudovshin) is located in Muynak district of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, in the left bank of the Amudarya delta. For years, Sudochye fed through the channel of the Amudarya River and connected to the Aral Sea. In 1972, its area was 96 km². In occasion with Aral tragedy, the lake was significantly shallowed. […]
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The Aral Sea is a drainless, saline lake in Central Asia, in the territory of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Everyone knows about the tragedy of the Aral Sea. It was once the fourth largest lake in the world. Up to the 60s of the last century, ships sailed around the Aral Sea, and 34 species of […]
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