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Petrogliphs Museum in Cholpon-Ata (Petrogliphs Museum) description and photos - Kyrgyzstan: Issyk-Kul Lake. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Petrogliphs Museum.
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A large 42-hectare site, covered with boulders of various shapes and sizes, is an open-air museum on the outskirts of the Cholpon-Ata resort, located on Lake Issyk-Kul. This area is also called the Stone Garden. To find it, you need to focus on the airfield, which adjoins it from the south.
Stones with a diameter of 30 cm to 3 m are covered with drawings, supposedly made by the people who lived on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul before the arrival of the Kyrgyz ... The boulders are carved with scenes of feasts, hunting and animals, mainly deer and snow leopards. The age of the drawings dates back to the period from 2000 BC. e. until the 7th century n. e. The hollowed out images were covered with bright paint. Now they have darkened, but scientists do not dare to restore them, fearing to damage and lose such ancient samples of rock art.
Some archaeologists assume that the stones are located at the site of an ancient observatory. In some places, the stones are arranged in circles around the more massive boulders and turned to one side. The drawings carved on the stones could also be an offering or a kind of call to the gods, which means that the field with stones could be used as an ancient sanctuary.
Several tourist routes have been laid along the Stone Garden. The shortest takes only half an hour. The longest one will lead to the upper part of the garden, from where there is a beautiful view of the surroundings.
It is believed that the drawings began to appear less and less often when the local people converted to Islam. But even now, in the ornaments of Kyrgyz carpets, motives are guessed, typical for the petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata.
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