Mausoleum of Eset Daribay

Type of monument: Sacral object

Date of monument: Late XIX century

Location: Aktobe region, Shalkar district, 10 km south-west of Baikadam village

 Research: In the history of the country there two Esset names are known. One is Tama Esset, the second is Shekty Esset. Shekty Esset Kotibaruly is the organizer of the national liberation rebellion against the colonial invaders of the western Kazakhstan. The famous writer and journalist Tauman Torekhanov in his historical novel “Steppe Hercules” writes that Esset Kotibaruly was described in their research by E.Kovalevsky, V.Zalesky, V.A.Perovsky, V.V.Grigoriev, N.Ignatyev, as well as Chokan Valikhanov and Mikhail Venyukov, in relation to which the author gives his comments. Also in the book of G.Akhmedov “Zhem boyinda” and in the book of Z.Baidosov and T.Tolepbergenov “Esset batyr” there is detailed information about this person.

Brief description: The mausoleum of Esset batyr Kotibaruly, who lived in XIX century, was built in 1890 from the raw and burnt bricks. The mausoleum has rectangular shape, dome and painted walls. However, under the influence of natural factors the mausoleum was destroyed. In 1993 the mausoleum was reconstructed in accordance with modern architecture, using the elements of national style. If you look at Kaaba, the younger brother Daribai is on the right and Esset Kotibaruly is buried on the left. Between the two mausoleums a high minaret is built. Near the mausoleum there are kulpytas gravestones. The length and width of the mausoleum is 7 x 7 m, and the height is 8 m. The height of the minaret is 16 meters. Marble board of the minaret has names of historical personalities of that time engraved on it.

Legend: Esset Kotibaruly is a batyr, famous among the people for his wisdom and care for the people; he has a special place in history. He was also known among the people as a saint. Everyone who passes by his grave stops, gives a prayer and pays tribute to the saint.