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 stopped off at the museum of Petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata expecting to see outstanding old works of art. Unfortunately this is an open air museum and time and the weather have taken their toll and wh...  more »
  • A park with rocks scattered on a hill overlooking Lake Ishikkul. It is very easy to see and is firm, and recommends it by all means. Rock paintings are also scattered in the mountains at the back of the park, so it's a good idea to go hiking in the rocky desert withno signs indicating the location of the rock paintings. Unfortunately, the protection and management are sloppy, so graffiti and so on were scattered.
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  • Never have been in a such place before! Open air museum with ancient pictures on the stones. But I was a bit frustrated that couldn't find any signs where they should be due to flags and tables...
  • Nothing more than a field full of rocks. Only the rock next to the entrance has a drawing on it.
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