The Burana Tower is a minaret of the X-XI centuries of the Karakhanid empire in the Chui valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. An archaeological and architectural monument located among the ruins of the Burana settlement is located 80 km from the capital Bishkek. The tower is built of burnt bricks and is an outstanding ancient building and a monument of cultural heritage. This incredible minaret is in an absolutely stunning location, surrounded by the Tian Shan mountains and golden fields.
The site's most interesting feature is a collection of 6th- to 10th-century balbals (Turkic totem-like stone markers) and petroglyphs. There's also a small museum with 11th-century Christian carvings, Buddhist remains and Chinese coins, as well as info on local literary hero Jusuf Balasagun and his masterwork - the “Benefit Knowledge”. Next door are the foundations of several mausoleums.
Best time to visit: from March to November.
Duration: 5 hours