Central Asia

Ascension Cathedral – The wooden miracle in Almaty

In the late 19th century the first bishops of the Turkistan eparchy discussed the need for a Russian Orthodox Church in Almaty. In 1903, the bishop of

Baikonur Cosmodrome – The world’s first spaceport for orbital and human launches in Baikonur

Qala Iktyaruddin – The “reborn” citadel of Alexander the Great in Herat

Kyrgyz State Circus – The modernist circus in Bishkek

The peculiar architecture of the Kyrgyz Circus, in what looks like a 1950s UFO, stands out on the far edge of Victory Square. Designed by the architects

Baiterek Tower – The Mythical Tree tower in Nur-Sultan

A monument popular with foreign visitors and native Kazakhs, it is emblematic of the city, which became capital of the country in 1997. The tower is considered

Registan – The heart of the ancient city of the Timurid Empire in Samarkand

The name Rēgistan means “sandy place” or “desert” in Persian. The Registan was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations and a place of

Chor Minor – The historic gatehouse in Bukhara

The structure was built by Khalif Niyaz-kul, a wealthy Bukharan of Turkmen origin in the 19th century under the rule of the Janid dynasty. Originally, it was

Tatik Papik – The “We Are Our Mountains” monument in Khankendi

The sculpture, completed in 1967 by Sargis Baghdasaryan, is widely regarded as a symbol of the Armenian heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh. The monument is made from volcanic tufa

Gobustan Rock Art – The rock carvings and petroglyphs in Qobustan

More than 4,000 pictures of animals, humans, natural life experiences, hunting, and dancing were carved over a span of thousands of years. Qobustan State Reserve is very

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