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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  • While the site is huge and there are some clearly interesting petroglyphs, there is little to no signage or interpretation. There has been little to no conservation of the petroglyphs and little care ...  more »
  • a pity that there are morons who add their personal petroglyphs. It's a rock art less evolved than that of Chauvet or Lascaux but it's worth a visit
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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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