Bishkek, as we all know, is the capital of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. However, do not rush picturing a glittering capital metropolis. Bishkek is more like a small provincial Soviet town. That's what makes it charming. It seems like a part of the bygone era history is still there: the monuments of proletarian leaders and heroes, standardized buildings of the Stalinist and Khrushchev epochs as well as other attributes of the recent period, which is currently being ruthlessly «attacked» by the symbols of modern times - high-rise buildings, gleaming with glass and cold metal, bright shop windows and advertising signs, abundance of expensive foreign cars ... In the end of the day there emerges a strange, slightly awkward, but very touching and charming appearance of the city: retro-city, nostalgic-city...

Guard Of Honour at Ala-Too square, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Resurrection Cathedral, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Vladimir Lenin monument, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Parliament building, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The city's special warmth and coziness is created by the abundance of greenery. No wonder it is reputed to be the greenest city in the CIS. If you look at it from above, you'll clearly see a bright emerald veil cuts by the streets into smooth lines of squares of residential areas. And everywhere, wherever you turn are the mountains! Realistic, enticing, fascinating, just reach out and feel the cold of the snowy tops of the Tien Shan.

Bishkek is relatively young and does not possess an abundance of historic sights, but there are many lovely places to be, to think and contemplate... Among them are the old oak park, a wonderful square in front of the Philharmonic with the immortalized stone figure of the national hero, Batyr Manas, the shady boulevard name the Young Guard aged over 60. The charm of Bishkek is quiet, barely perceptible like morning mist on the mountaintops; and because of that it is even dearer to its citizens and even more interesting for the visitors!