Ala-Too Square, Bishkek (must see)
However, with the independence of Kyrgyzstan from the USSR in 1991, the square underwent a transformation. In 2003, the statue of Lenin was relocated to a smaller square within the city, making way for a new statue called Erkindik, meaning "Freedom," symbolizing the nation's newfound independence. Subsequently, in 2011, the statue of Erkindik was replaced by a statue of Manas, a legendary hero from Kyrgyz folklore. This change was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's independence, paying homage to its rich cultural heritage.
Ala-Too Square serves as a significant venue for various state events and celebrations, reflecting the country's historical milestones and achievements. The square has witnessed numerous gatherings, rallies, and memorial ceremonies, including a memorial ceremony in 2008 to honor the renowned Kyrgyz writer Chinghiz Aitmatov.
One of the notable events that took place at Ala-Too Square was the first Victory Day military parade in 2015, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This momentous occasion was attended by the Prime Minister and served as a demonstration of national pride and remembrance.
Beyond its historical and ceremonial significance, Ala-Too Square also holds a symbolic place in the hearts of the people of Bishkek. It serves as a public gathering space and a central meeting point for locals and visitors alike. The square's open design, with its wide pathways and surrounding green spaces, invites people to stroll, relax, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city.
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Ala-Too Square on Map
Sight Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (See walking tours in Bishkek)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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