Bopai Cemetery

The name of the monument: Bopai Cemetery.

Typological affiliation: Sacred object.

Dating of the monument: Late 19th – early 20th centuries.

Location of the monument: Aktobe region, Aytekebi district, 15 kilometers north-west of the village of Kilemzhai.

Historical information: In the monograph by S. Azhigaliev “The architecture of nomads, the phenomenon of history and culture of Eurasia” on 540 pages there is a brief information about the grave of Bopai. Bopay the daughter of Sultan Kasym.   Sister of the famous leader of the national liberation movement of the Kazakh people of 1837-1847, the last Kazakh khan Kenesary khan. According to local elderly people, Bopay was the second wife of Tleu batyr. From the Shoban branch, Tokpan subgenus, Tortkara clan.

Description and characteristics of the monument: The Bopai khanim cemetery is a planned fencing “tortkulak” with a planning angle (3.30 x 5.40 m). On the south side there is an opening of the entrance door. Perhaps the walls of the grave were built of rough brick, it is difficult to find out, since at present the walls of the grave have fallen and badly destroyed.