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Monument to Manas the Great, Bishkek

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Admire the impressive statue of the national icon at Monument to Manas the Great, a centrally located monument in Ala-Too Square. Erected in 2011 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the nation's independence, the statue portrays the main protagonist of a national epic written in an 18th-century Persian manuscript. Sculpted by Bazarbai Sydykov and cast in Moscow, the 17 m (55 ft) tall equestrian sculpture holds a sheathed sword with his left hand. The statue replaced the previous 12 m (39 ft) tall monument to Erkindik, a woman representing liberty, which had in 1999 replaced a statue of Lenin. The face, according to the artist, resembles the face of the famous late Kyrgyz actor, Suimenkul Chokmorov. To visit Monument to Manas the Great on your holiday in Bishkek, and find out what else Bishkek has to offer, use our Bishkek travel itinerary maker.
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When staying in Bishkek, you can choose from numerous accommodation options, ranging widely in pricing and amenities. Many backpacker-style lodgings, concentrated mostly in the city center near the railway station, offer dormitory and private homestay rooms. In the mid-range, a number of hotels and guesthouses in the city have decent amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, television, and air-conditioning. If you wish to splurge on a more luxurious room during your stay, several upscale hotels, especially in the business district, boast pools, conference rooms, and modern amenities.
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  • This place is on reconstruction now (20.03.2017) Once they'll finish - it promises to be a good place to go!  more »
  • Located nearby Ala-Too Square where you could see the major attractions off this city. Apparently, it was under construction during my time in Bishkek.  more »
  • Unless you are a huge fan of Manas, a stroll in the surrounding parcs may have more to offer. Of course once one is there, one can take a stroll to the statue as well :)  more »