Tash Rabat

Tash Rabat is a mysterious building situated in the At Bashy district, Naryn Province of Kyrgyzstan. Some claims indicate that it was a Christian monastery that was found by some sect that was banished from the Roman Empire.




Location: At Bashy district, Naryn Province Map


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History of Tash Rabat

Tash Rabat was originally constructed by the Nestorian monks from the Byzantine Empire. Unfortunately we don't have evidence for presence of Christians here other than records of historians who claimed that people from country of "Rumas" came here and erected a magnificent dome here. It was assumed that this country was in fact a Roman Empire and people were most likely monks of the Nestorian movement. Many of the legends that local people still retell are very similar to those told in the New and Old Testament of the Bible. Subsequent generation stole many items and Muslim finished their job by destroying all frescoes since representation of humans and animals went against the teaching of Quran. Nestorians is an early Christian sect that was labeled as heretics and were forced to leave the country. They traveled here and erected a small monastery in the plains and mountains. Low density of population in the region protected the monks from intrusion from the outsiders. On the other hand the mission did not survive long enough. Around medieval times it was already abandoned as the last of brothers died off. It was turned into a resting station along the Great Silk Road.