Museum of Petroglyphs, Cholpon Ata

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Examine timeless stone drawings at Museum of Petroglyphs, a huge stone field with thousands of boulders on the northern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. This stone garden covers 42 hectares (104 acres) and features some 2,000 petroglyphs dating from 800 CE to 1200 BCE. Motifs of sacrifice, hunting scenes, wars, animals, and examples of everyday chores can be seen depicted on stones ranging from 30 cm (11 in) to 3 m (9 ft) in size. Take time to explore the lichen-covered carved stone warriors, tombs, and stone circles. English-speaking guides are available on site. Make Museum of Petroglyphs part of your personalized Cholpon Ata itinerary using our Cholpon Ata online tour itinerary builder .
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  • Best period to visit is early morning or late evening when sun is not shining brightly. Interesting place to visit. Suggest to everyone who are coming to Issyk-Kul  more »
  • I had that something never seen before and was absolutely blown away. More in: "Kyrgyzstan - notes on a trip in the spring 2017" (travel track volume 3) as print and eBook.
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  • This place is a lot different, and what beautiful stones! History of dusheshhipatelnaja. they say there was an ancient Observatory!
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  • An open air museum where you can find stones with ancient drawings
  • For me only few stones :) and they try to cheat us at entrance fee.
  • A bit of a disappointment. Very little description. After a few, u have been them All. I recommend to keep your visit below 30 minutes
  • Other Petroglyph sites are far more interesting (although more remote). This one doesn't look like Petroglyph per se but rather painting on the rocks (which most of them are fading away)
  • If you expect to find hundreds of petroglyphs right at the entrance, then you're at the wrong spot. I took a short walk through the museum and saw some nice paintings.

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