There are many interesting architectural objects in the Kyrgyz Republic. These are ancient cities and fortresses that were built more than two thousand years ago. And the buildings of the era of socialist realism. On the streets of Bishkek, you can find houses in the Art Nouveau, neoclassical, and constructivist styles.

Ala-Too Square

The heart of Bishkek is Ala-Too Square. It is the place where holidays are held and historyis made. The state flag of Kyrgyzstan, 10 × 15 meters in size, is fluttering abovethe square on a 45-meter flagpole. There is also a bronze monument to Manas the Magnanimous, the hero of the famous Kyrgyz epic.

Ala-Too square

Behind it is the State Historical Museum. On the right hand is the "White House", built in 1985, which had been the official residence of the President of Kyrgyzstan formany years.

State Historical Museum

Fountains are flowing and flowers are blooming on the square. If you look at the flower bedsfrom a bird's eye view, you can see traditional Kyrgyz ornaments they form. Under the square is a huge underground bunker, which was built in Soviet times or the leadership of the republic. Exhibitions are held there from time to time.

The building of Agroprom and Ilbirs are locatedhere. Altogether, the aforementioned structures and buildings make up theso-called marble center, built in the latter days of the Soviet Empire and demonstrating its greatness.

Parliament building (White House)

In Soviet times, the Republican Department of the Communist Party of the Kirghiz SSR was located in the White House. People's deputies of Kyrgyzstan are currently working there.

White House

The building of the White House is made in classicism style with elements of regionalism. Its lancet windows resembleancient arches.

Outside the White House is lined with light marble, inside - with white, black and burgundy granite, which was specially brought tothe republic from all over the USSR.

Monument to Kurmanjan Datka

The monument to the Queen of Alai is located in the center of Bishkek. It was built in 2004 from bronze and granite.

Kurmanjan Datka is state and military figure (1811 -1907), leader of the Alai Kyrgyz. During her reign, the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan joined the Russian Empire.

Monument to the Queen of Alai

The Russian Drama Theater and the Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Church, built in 1886, which now houses an exhibition hall of the Union of Artists - the Oak Park Gallery are located on the territory of the Oak Park in the center of Bishkek.

Clock Tower

The clock tower stands in the very center of Bishkek - at the intersection of Abdrakhmanov Avenue and Chui Avenue. The main clock of the country appeared there in 1984. Their mechanism was made in Armenia and presented to the then Kirghiz SSR as a symbol of friendship between the peoples. The clock chimed exactly the same as the Kremlin Chimes in Moscow. But a few months after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the tape on which the sound was recorded got worn out, and the clockfell silent. It started chiming again only in 2016, in “the Kyrgyz way”. Everyhour from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., you can hear temir komuz (Kyrgyz jew's harp) soundsfrom the clock tower.

Clock Tower

The clock itselfis made of bronze, and the 40-meter tower, like the whole building, is lined with marble. You can’t get inside -  aspecial pass is required to enter this building.

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