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Kyrgyzstan legends

At the bottom of the lake archaeological expedition of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, who worked under the leadership of Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyzstan Vladimir Flat, has opened an unknown ancient civilization that existed 2.5 thousand years ago. As a scientist said Flat, the results of this year's special, they give reason to say that the Issyk-Kul shores at that time did not live long nomads - there existed an advanced civilization of the settled type. "We worked at a depth of 5 to 10 meters off the northern coast of the lake and found a huge underwater wall, measuring about half a kilometer. This is - a sign of a big city, the area which could be several square kilometers, the scale for the time scale of a colossal, - said the head of an underwater expedition member of the Scientific Committee of the Confederation of Underwater Activities of Russia Nikolai Lukashov. - Walls made of stone covered with centuries-old layer of limestone. While unable to delineate the entire city, he mapped about as part of the walls crumbled, and was buried under the sand. " Researchers have refined maps and charts of submerged settlements, individual buildings and clusters of objects of historical value. According to Nikolai Lukashov, divers found at the bottom of the lake waves eroded mounds in which the Scythians were buried. Were found well-preserved items Saka (Scythian) period, including bronze axes and tips, self-sharpening daggers akinak. "We were lucky - said Lukashov - find a workshop for the processing of ore, fragments of bronze production, different cast, a whole pyramid rudoterok, as well as a truncated round gold pin, weighing 70 grams." It is believed that this golden object is shaped like a pristine old Russian "Euro", formerly served as money. There are clear indications that the ancient city in the open were very wealthy homes. This is confirmed by the debris-rich dishes, tiles. Who knows, maybe one of the buildings is the palace of Timur.
On the lake associated with many legends. One of them says that near the northern shore is flooded Armenian monastery, where the relics of St. Matthew. For example, the so-called Catalan world map, dated 1375, on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul shows a building with a cross, and beside the inscription: "A place called Issyk-Kul. At this point, the brothers of the Armenian monastery, where resides the body of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. " In recent years the search for the relics of the monastery and became more active.
Currently, the Issyk-Kul is a place of pilgrimage for tourists from all over the world. Issyk-Kul - this is an unusual mix of the North shore of the lake is represented by numerous comfortable boarding houses and holiday homes with a wide range of prices and quality services.

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