Kyrgyzstan is a rugged country in Central Asia along the Silk Road which is the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. The Tian Shan Mountains dominate the country. This is home to snow leopards, lynx and sheep.
Bishkek is the capital and the gateway to the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Mountains and Ala Archa National Park with glaciers and wildlife trails.
The State Historical Museum is a marble-faced cube built in 1984. It has faux-bronze/copper reliefs and bold ceiling murals. It was formerly the Lenin Museum. Here you can see a series of photos and mementos from the 2010 revolution and portraits of that year’s martyrs. On the top floor is a section on ethnology and archaeology and there are photos from the museum’s rich collection of Scythian gold.
On the south side of the museum you’ll see an enormous statue of Lenin.
Al Halal Gallery is a small, top-quality modern art gallery. Here you can get to know all about Bishkek’s art scene. Visitor’s might be invited to the artists’ studio building – Druzhba 3. Some talented local artists among them Andrei Zotov have their own online galleries.
The State Museum of Fine Arts has a neo-Classical facade. Here you will find collections of Kyrgz embroidery and felt rugs. There are impressive paintings and interesting reproductions of Egyptian and classical statues.
In the Ala-Too Square you’ll find a statue of Manas, Bishkek’s nominal center.There are soldiers on guard by the national flagpole and every two hours you can see a change of guard. In the summer the square has floral displays and a musical fountain show.
Dubovy (Oak) Park is a most pleasant centrally located park. Here you can see painters selling their artwork. There is a sculpture garden among the mighty oaks here
and a statue of Kumanian Datka, the 19th century heroine who is featured on Kyrgyzstan’s 50som banknote.
The WWII Monument commemorates the 40th anniversary of the end of WWII. This monument was designed to evoke three symbolic yurt struts that curve above an eternal flame. It sits on Freedom Square.
Pantilov Park a park that reflects the Soviet era. It has some amusements and a Ferris Wheel that offers great views of the city.
Burana Tower stands seven km. from the city of Tokmok. This is an 11th century minaret and one of the first buildings of this kind in Central Asia. The tower stands 24.6 meters high.
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