Located only 80 km away from the capital city, Burana Tower is a major tower of the country. Built in the 11th century in Balasagyn, medieval capital of Kara-Khanid state. There used to be a mosque and the tower was used as a minaret, i.e. to call people for prayer.
The tower is 25 m high, almost half of the height it used to have in the Middle Ages — over 40 m, thanks to the earthquake of 15th century, which partially destroyed it. Tourists are allowed to get on top of Burana to enjoy the amazing view of the surrounding valley.
A bonus is a field with balbals or kurgan stelaes, stone memorials to the honoured dead.