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The history of Bishkek city
Published: 11 february 2016

When you are flying to Bishkek you can notice that airport code is FRU. Nor Bishkek nor Manas airport don’t have even these letters. Why? The answer to this question we can find in local history. Bishkek wasn’t always Bishkek. At first the city called Pishkek (during Kokand Khanate reign) but in 1926 was called Frunze after the Red Army General Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze. Mysteries about the city name “Bishkek” But later, in 1991 the city was named to Bishkek. There’re a lot of legends about the origins of this name. Local people tell that “bishkek” is a wooden stick used to stir the national drink Kumys (fermented mare’s milk). The legend tells that one woman forgot her "bishkek" when her crew packed up and moved from their camp by the Alamedin river. As soon as she realized - people went back to search for it - but they coul...

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Legend of Jety-Oguz Gorge.
Published: 23 november 2014

None of the sculptors can do such a beautiful creations as the nature. There are many interesting places in the world which were created by nature. One of these unique and beautiful phenomenons is a picturesque gorge Jety-Oguz inKyrgyzstan, known for its sad, but at the same time beautiful legends.  When entering the gorge, you will see an unusual rock, resembling the shape of a broken heart. The middle part of the mountain is covered with red clay. Looking at this landscape, there is an impression that it bleeds somebody’s heart and you begin to think what made heart to turn into the stone forever.  There are several legends associated with this unusual natural phenomenon. One of them says about beautiful girl, whose cold heart could gain no one. Once, two best friends came to propose to her. But it happened that girl fell in love both of them. According to the custom, b...

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