ASTANA – Minister of Culture and Sport of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly announced at a Jan. 30 media briefing that Kazakhstan is ready to build a national pantheon to its country’s heroes.
“Kazakhstan has already reached the point where we have to build a national pantheon because it is the basis of activity in human relations. We truly honour the memory of those individuals who have made a huge contribution to the country. This is gratitude for future generations. But this is a very difficult question. We are now developing a concept, which has many moments of who deserves this or not, there are also religious issues,” Mukhamediuly said.“Construction of the pantheon in our country will take place for the first time. But it has international experience in France, Germany, Austria and in many leading countries. We are actively working in this regard. The construction of the pantheon in Astana is a logical step,” he said.
The government plans to build the pantheon in the Kabanbai Batyr village (former Rozhdestvenka village) not far from Astana. The village is already home to the mausoleum of famous Kazakh hero Kabanbai Batyr.
A competition for the best sketch idea of the National Pantheon of Kazakhstan, which will represent a tomb of national heroes who made great contributions to the development of the country, was conducted by the Astana akimat (mayor’s office) from Dec. 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014.