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Museum of Petroglyphs

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Address: Cholpon Ata 720025, Kyrgyzstan
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+996 550 219 046

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One of the few place to see them. Well laid out. Not well documented but huge collection. Very similar in design and background. If passing by make sure u stop.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 October 2016
Ahmedabad, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The whole area is littered with thousands and thousands of large stones all the way from the mountains down to Issy Kul Lake. Apparently they were all deposited 10,000 years ago or thereabouts by a massive glacier as it retreated. The petroglyphs are on numerous stones and are thousands of years old. A disappointing factor is the stones with the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I love looking for Petroglyphs and have been to see many sites around the world. This one was disappointing. Signage was decent I guess but the conservation of the stones is abysmal and for many you either can't see on the stone what they are highlighting, it's not there, or it's been eroded. Don't waste your time.

Thank Nicole W
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

There are an estimated 3000+ petroglyphs found on the sea of rocks in all sizes laid out. Pictures of animals and people are carved onto the larger rocks - these looked Neanderthal and made me wonder why these were made and laid out in such a way. Unfortunately, our Kyrgyz guides were unable to tell us more except that it... More 

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

One of the few place to see them. Well laid out. Not well documented but huge collection. Very similar in design and background. If passing by make sure u stop.

Thank ViralAhmedabad_India
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

While I'd entirely agree with the favourable comments about this site, nobody seems to have posted an important practical tip-many of the petroglyphs are virtually impossible to see at some times of day due to the sun. We found that my one person manoeuvring around until they shaded the petroglyphs, their companion could see and photograph them much more easily.... More 

Thank Ian M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is one of several places in the Kyrgyz Chu Valley where you can see petroglyphs thought to have been created by the tribes of the Neolithic period. The images are mainly primitive long-horned ibex, horses, camels and snow leopards. There are several thousand petroglyphs here, providing a glimpse into the world of the Iron Age.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Situated on 42 hectors this vast outdoor museum is a must for anyone interested in ancient art forms .the drawings from times past are testament to human ingenuity

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Just visited the open air museum of Petroglyphs. It is quite interesting to see rock drawings thousands of years old.For an archeologist or someone interested in archeology it must be fascinating, but if one is pressed for time this visit is unnecessary!

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Coimbra, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Definitely worth a stop and you have to drive along an abandoned runway to get to it, which was a bit weird. The museum is open air on rough terrain and consists of countless boulders, some of which, not all, contain petroglyphs. There is a path to follow and there are information markers by some of the boulders which offer... More 

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Fribourg, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

This is a gigantic site and, if you want to see it all, you'll need a couple of hours at least. It would be very far to walk from town, so we were lucky to have a car. It's a long walk from the car park to the far end and around the perimeter (and there's no shade at all).... More 

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