White House, Bishkek
Located on Chuy Avenue, between the Philharmonia building and the Monument to the Martyrs of the Revolution, the White House is a seven-story structure constructed in the Stalinist modern architectural style. It was designed with the STO (Gosplan, Duma) building in Moscow as a model. Originally built in 1985, the building was intended to house the headquarters of the Communist Party's Central Committee.
The White House gained notoriety during the 2005 Tulip Revolution, when large-scale protests erupted in response to allegations of electoral fraud. Demonstrators rallied outside the building, demanding political change and the resignation of the incumbent president. Subsequently, in 2010, the White House became the center of attention once again during the Kyrgyzstani riots, characterized by widespread unrest and clashes between different ethnic groups. Tragically, during the 2010 riots, a fire broke out within the White House, resulting in significant damage to the building and the destruction of numerous government records stored in hard copy format.
Interestingly, there are rumors of an underground complex beneath Ala-Too Square, purportedly connected to the White House via a network of underground tunnels. While the existence and purpose of this underground structure remain speculative, it adds an air of mystery and intrigue to the White House's history.
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White House on Map
Sight Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (See walking tours in Bishkek)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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