The National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Sulayman is a museum in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. It was established in 1949 as Osh Regional Museum. The present museum building was completed during the Soviet era in 1978 to celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the city of Osh. It was carved inside
Tired from 60 kilometers of bumpy gravel in the heat, we pulled over to the first little shop we could find to buy a cold Coke. The woman in the shop handed us apricots as we left and while we sat …
If you visit Kyrgyzstan, it’s possible to overlook the Central Asian cultural mixing bowl that is the city of Osh. For many travelers, Osh serves as a transit point en route to the Pamir Mountains, Irkeshtam Pass to China, Dostyk crossing to Uzbekistan, or the newly marked trekking trails in the Alay Mountains.
However, if you’re looking to encounter a unique blend of cultures and history, lively markets, gregarious people, and a culinary scene which many Kyrgyz call their favorite, then we recommend giving Osh a closer look. The diversity you’ll see owes itself to over 3000 years of history and the city’s favorable position as a midpoint along one of the Silk Road’s main East-West arteries. From there, trade and migration helped evolve Osh into the urban tapestry of cultural interchange you see today, a regional crossroads home to more than 80 ethnicities.
Several cities in Central Asia have served and continue to serve as major centers of Central Asian culture and economy.
Central Asia is a large geographical region that runs from Russia to Afghanistan and from China to the Caspian Sea. It covers an area of over 1.5 million square miles and encompasses several countries. This region is rich in culture due in part to its history as a central location along the historic Silk Road that connected Europe with East Asia, West Asia, and South Asia. Today, Central Asia has a population of approximately 68 million, many of whom live in the region’s urban areas. This article takes a closer look at these major cities.
12. Mazar-e Sharif
Mazar-e Sharif is located in the north central region of Afghanistan. It is the country’s third largest city with a population of between 577,000 and 693,000.