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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Against the background of familiar Tashkent-looking blue domes and minarets, the Gothic silhouette of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, unusual for Central Asia, stands out - this is the main Catholic cathedral in Uzbekistan , known to local residents as the "Polish Church". It is worth saying that Christianity began to spread on the territory of Central Asia in the first centuries of our era due to the development of the Silk Road.

Nevertheless, the first Catholic churches appeared only several centuries later - for example, the construction of this cathedral began in 1912, and prisoners of war were mainly involved in this process, among whom there were many specialists - architects, engineers, sculptors, etc. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a magnificent example of neo-Gothic architecture. The decoration of its obnoxious and dark facade are stained glass windows and spiers, the interior decoration is lined with granite and marble, and the furniture and doors are made of precious woods. The main hall is adorned with a 2-meter statue of Jesus Christ and a musical organ.

The Historical Museum KG

This Museum used to be called the Lenin Museum and it was opened in 1926. The ground floor houses temporary exhibits but the permanent exhibits depict the natural and political history of the country and the Soviet heritage.

Exhibits include stones with petroglyphs from Saimaly-Tash; armor and everyday objects dating from the Bronze Age; discoveries from archaeological excavations such as early nomadic adornments dating from the 1st to the 5th centuries (AD) - including golden artifacts from the Chui Valley's Shamshyn tomb; a Turkic stone culture collection; Talas stones with runic lettering; ceramic, glass and metal articles; and numerous ancient coins.

The museum has rich ethnographic collections of objects from the late 19th and early 20th centuries which include articles made of felt, wool, chuy, leather and wood made by Kyrgyz artisans; and collections of traditional Kyrgyz embroidery, fleecy and non-fleecy weaving, national dress, original women's adornments, and highly artistic horse harnesses. Many visitors also find of great interest materials from the Soviet period such as the collections of documents, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and gifts presented to the Kyrgyz Republic by foreign governments.

Situated in avenue Chui, at Ala-Too square

Working hours: from 10.00 till 18.00

Now the museum is on reconstruction, it will opened in 2018.

Akbaital pass (Ak-Baital) TJ

Akbaital, Kyrgyz word meaning "white mare" is a pass of the Eastern Pamirs, located on the M41 motorway between Osh and Murghab. The height of the pass is 4655 meters. The highest point of the Pamir Highway. The pass is open all year round and it connects the Sarykolsky and Muzkol ridges and separates the Karakul Lake Basin from the upper reaches of the South Akbaital River (Murghab Basin). The climb from the Muzkol valley is relatively gentle, but on the south side it is steeper with several hairpin bends. The landscape is very mineral with the view of several glaciers located over 5000 meters. This passage was opened to vehicles in 1892 during the construction of the Russian military outpost.

Alamedin gorge KG

The Alamedin valley is one of the 2 valleys supplying water to the city of Bishkek. It lies to the east of the Ala Archa valley. It is very popular and owes its development during the Soviet era with the construction of a sanatorium around the mineral hot springs. The valley attracts many walkers, picnickers but also mountaineers because it is surrounded by the highest peaks of Kyrgyz Alatoo, such as the Simeon Tienshansky peak 4875m. alt. and the Alamedin Wall culminated by the Kyrgyzstan peak at 4840 meters. At the top of the valley, several passes open the way to the Karakol-West valley. All the passes are covered by glaciers and the easiest is the Alamedin-East Pass at the bottom of the Ashutor Gorge.

Astana-Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport KZ

Astana-Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport is an international airport in Kazakhstan located 16.7 km southeast of the capital Nur-Sultan (former Astana). 

Astana's first airfield was built in 1931 on the outskirts of the town and was developed further after World War II. However, a new airport, which became Astana international Airport, was built 11 miles to the south of the city and opened in November 1963. It was largely used by Aeroflot and its local directorate. Following the transfer of the capital from Almaty to Astana in December 1997, the airport underwent a series of major reconstructions which brought it up to international standards, including the current 11,484 ft (3,500m) runway. A new passenger terminal designed by the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was opened in February 2005.

During 2015, traffic increased to 3,366,560 passengers.

There is one terminal which is divided into two sectors – A and B. A is for international flights and B is for domestic.

No need to confuse with the check-in counter sectors (B – for Air Astana flights only, A – for other carriers).

Vanj TJ

Vanj village and district are located in central Tajikistan. These mountains are made up of conglomerates, granites, sandstones, steep slopes, gorges and narrow river valleys. In some places, the mountains are over 6000 meters above sea level. The Vanj region is a seismically unstable area. Almost every week there are tremors. Long ago, this region was inhabited by people speaking Iranian. In ancient times, it was called "the land of the Saks", in the Middle Ages the region was Islamized. The city was founded in 1933. The characteristics of the natural conditions affected the way of life of the local population.

Cultural Center “Ruh Ordo” KG

«Rukh Ordo» is a unique open-air museum on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Cholpon-Ata.

The complex includes 10 mini museums: the «Aitmatov’s museum house», the «Kyrgyz art and culture Hall», the picture and photo galleries, «Sayakbay Karalayev's arbor», the «Knowledge Treasure trove» and five chapels, each of them represents one of the world's confessions , namely: Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Buddhism and Judaism, as a symbol of the fact that God is one for all.

Expositions of dozens of sculptures and hundreds of paintings made in a variety of techniques, hand-made products that have been gently given from generation to generation are also on the territory of the Complex. The exposition fund of «Rukh Ordo» is constantly updated with new and interesting exhibits.

The guide will tell you about all in detailed and fascinating way. During an hour and a half interactive excursion you will learn not only the Kyrgyz history, culture and way of life, but also have an opportunity to sing, dance the national dance, take part in games, traditions and much more.

We promise, you will not remain indifferent, but leave us with good impressions!

«Rukh Ordo» works all year round.

Jyrgalan KG

Jyrgalan (Jergalan, Djyrgalan) is a small village situated in the Ak-Suu district, eastern part of the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan. Translated from the Kyrgyz language, Jyrgal - "joy, pleasure", en - "valley". The village is located on the East bank of the Jirgalan River and has about a hundred local residents. In the last decade, the village of Jyrgalan began to be rebuilt as a place for ecotourism, which provides hiking and horseback riding in the summer months and backcountry skiing in the winter. Initially, the village was founded as a coal mining city during the Soviet period. Currently, the mines also remain active and support the country's economy. Jyrgalan is charming with its stunning views, fresh mountain air and remoteness from civilization. At an altitude of 2,200 meters above sea level, the village is surrounded by mountain ranges, the highest point of which reaches 3,700 meters. Characteristic for this area are coniferous plants, such as pine, larch, spruce, etc. The road leading to Jyrgalan ends in a dead end for normal transport, whereas for hikers, horse or cycling tourists, it is easy to find narrow paths that lead to the Tiup Gorge or to Karkara.

Trekking, hiking, horseback riding, skiing in Jyrgalan, Jergalan.

Mary International Airport TM

International airport of Mary have been completely reconstructed and equipped by the newest radio engineering systems, allowing to accept aircrafts of all types on two runways: 

  • First runway ИВПП (18L/36R) has extent of 2800 meters and width of 45 meters, 
  •  Second runway (18R/36L), length of 3800 meters and width of 45 meters.

The new terminal of the airport allows to serve to 300 passengers per hour. There is all for creation of comfortable conditions of expectation of a departure in an air terminal hall:

  • services of post and a domestic long distance communication;
  • exchange; 
  • baggage offices; 
  • information bureaus; 
  • cafeterias;
  • cash desks of local and international airlines; 

Zorkul lake TJ AF

Zorkul Lake stretches from east to west for about 20 km and is located 4120 meters above sea level on the Afghan-Tajik border. Part of the waters have their source in the Vakhan chain located to the south and its Concordia peak (5,470 m), about 11 km (as the crow flies) south of the lake. The northern half of the lake is in Tajikistan, at the foot of the Alichur-South Range. where it is protected as part of the Zorkul Nature Reserve. From the lake, to the west, flows the Pamir River, tracing the Afghan-Tajik border. It is therefore a source of the Amu Darya or the Oxus river. The Great Pamir extends to the south of the lake.

The climate of the highly desert reserve is ultracontinental with extremely strong and significant daily and annual temperature fluctuations. Winter in this region is very harsh and long. The absolute minimum is -47 degrees celsius. Summer is short and cool and the average temperature in July rises to 14 degrees Celsius.

The lake is on the way to the Silk Road. It was called "Great Dragon Pool" in Chinese historical records.

The lake was once in the territory of the mir of Wakhan, but the lake and the river were established as the border between Russia and Afghanistan by an agreement between the Russians and the British in 1895.

Although there is a probable reference to the lake in Marco Polo's account, the first known European to have visited the lake was the British naval officer John Wood in 1838. Sir-i-kol became known to the British as the name of Lake Victoria.

The vegetation cover of the reserve is very poor. Woody vegetation is completely absent. Mountains of the reserve represented mainly by cushion-shaped vegetation, representing the type of high mountain vegetation. The builders of these communities were related to the representatives of different forms of life. Cushion-shaped vegetation usually represented by akantolimons and oxytropis, which are always combined with other various forms of high mountain plants such as wormwood, feather grass and others. In humid territories, cushion vegetation associated with sedges, fowl grass and other cold-resistant plants. Along streams and rivers, near the shores of lakes and snowfields, there are sedges and grain meadows called pamir sazy (low-grass, waterlogged alpine meadows, widespread only in the high Pamir mountains ). Some species of sedges are usual here (round-headed, black and others).

Zorkul Lake inhabited by osmans and Tibetan loaches, as well as some species of invertebrate animals. Apart from the Indian goose, around Lake Zorkul nest red duck, Himalayan merganser, laughing gull, Tibetan tern and other bird species. Rodents are represented by Pamir and silver voles, big-eared pika, gray hamster, talai hare and red marmots which are very numerous here. Adjacent to the mountainous territory of Lake Zorkul of the Southern Amur mountain ridge inhabited by Pamir Marco Polo argali, Siberian ibexes, snow leopards, wolves and other species of fauna. Among the smaller reserve mammals are usual: ermine, weasel, red fox, Turkestan lynx and Tian Shan brown bear. The typical birds of prey of the reserve are: the bearded eagle, the golden eagle and the kumai.

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