Burana Tower

Burana Tower is a wonderful minaret dating back with the 11th century. Balasagun was the name of the flourishing city where this tower was built in and took place on of the main branches of the Great Silk Road.  Traders used to come here to bargain their goods and stay there for overnight. Nowadays the tower is only 24 meters high while the original size used to reach up 45 meters high. Earthquake in 15 century had of it fallen down. This tower used as a beacon light, a watching tower and calling place for prayers. The earthquake of 15th century made people flee this place who believed it has been cursed by God and nobody is supposed to stay there.What they thought was that God did not want them to live there. That is the reason why we still can find a lot things here because they have ran away without looking their way back. Many interesting artifacts have been found by our archeologists there and the local museum that used to be just the shepherd's house earlier can present some of those findings. The other part of artifacts had been taken by Russian in Soviet time. The houses in the city have been constructed with clay which melts with the course of time. Now it is possible to see only the tower and a hill nearby that supposingly been khan's palace.

Here you can also see stone warriors that local people call balbals which have been put to the honor of the warriors who proved themselves as heroes. They were discovered in different places of Kyrgyzstan and taken to this place in order to keep them for their children.

Nearby you will be able to see ancient petroglyphs - stone paintings. Some of them are from the 8 century B.C. which also was transmitted to the Balasagun city to be illustrated for tourists and travelers.

 

Program:

9.00 a.mYou will leave your hotel with your tour guide.

10:30 a.m.   You arrive to Burana tower where you will get an interesting information about the tower itself and an open air museum including the petroglyphes and stone warriors.

12.30 p.m.   You go to the hotel.