|A northward view near the Issyk Kul's torpedo testing site|
|Two men talking outside the Mosque|
One of Karakol's most picturesque sites is the Dungan Mosque. This Mosque was built of peg and beam construction in 1910 by the Chinese-Muslim "Dungan" population in Karakol. Along with several other monuments in town, the mosque reflects traditional Chinese architectures, and has exquisitely detailed wood carvings both inside and out.
The other major religious site in Karakol is the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral. Like the Mosque (and the Zhenkov Cathedral in Almaty), the Cathedral was built using peg and beam construction. It was constructed in 1895 and was used primarily as a Dance and meeting hall during Soviet times. Several Original furnishings and decorations were saved from destruction by members of the congregation of this church.
|Holy Trinity Cathedral in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan|
Karakol is also home to the grave and memorial museum of the great Russian explorer Nikolai Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky. Przhevalsky made several expeditions during the nineteenth century from Russia, through China and Central Asia in an attempt to reach Tibet. He died in Karakol before accomplishing his goal.
|Memorial Przhevalsky constructed within sight of the lake.|
On the fifth day of our trip, we drove westward along the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul. We stopped briefly in valley called Jety Oguz which our guide said means "seven bulls." About halfway up the valley is a picturesque red-rock formation that looks like a broken heart when looking up the valley, but looks like seven rushing bulls when looking at the opposite side. So as one final thought before ending this post, I leave you with two pictures and a question.
|The broken heart|
|The Seven Bulls|