Bishkek

Bishkek

The capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is set before a backdrop of the northern edge of the Ala-Too mountain range, and was originally a heavily forested rest stop on the Silk Road. Appropriated and re-named Frunze by the Russians in 1877, the city became Bishkek again when Kyrgyzstan achieved its independence at the break-up of the Soviet Union. An exploration includes visits to Victory Park, the Frunze House Museum and the State Museum of Fine Arts, featuring Kyrgyz embroidery, jewelry and unique felt rugs.

PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013