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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  • We visited early in the morning, had site to ourselves. It's an extensive site, no shade and by the time we left it was getting hot. Lots of interesting petroglyphs, easy to view as there's a good wal...  more »
  • Interesting outdoor museum, deserve better care. People can circulate throughout the area without anyone to stop touching objects as valuable and important. It would be great to put guards for a treasure so old is not destroyed. EGCL-12
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  • The size of the area, littered with stones with more or less numerous and more or less significant rock art, is impressive and testifies to the importance of this prehistoric village. As the best, most important petroglyphs are well classified and marked by signs, they are good to find in the grounds without a guide.
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A seasoned tourist destination, Cholpon Ata has a good set of accommodations, ranging from luxury resorts to humble hostels. The swankiest establishments lie on private beaches outside of town. You'll find a particularly representative cluster in Bosteri, about 10 km (6.2 mi) to the east. In Cholpon Ata proper, several budget lodgings sit on or near the main Sovetskaya Street that runs parallel to the lakeshore--choose from hostels, guesthouses, and hotels. Several mid-range and higher-end hotels put you right on the water, some with private beaches. For more privacy, look for rental villas and apartments.
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