Friday, 13 May 2016

Esik Lake, Kazakhstan

Esik is a town in Almaty Region of Kazakhstan, the administrative center of Enbekshikazakh District. It is located on the Issyk River, at the foot of the Tian Shan, 53 km east of Almaty and 112 km over the mountains from Issyk Kul Lake. 
It was founded by Cossacks in 1858 as stanitsa Nadezhdinskaya. The Issyk kurgan of the famous "Golden Man" is nearby.
A cataphract-style parade armour from gold scales of Sakas' King found in Issyk in Kazakhstan in 1970
The nearby Issyk Lake (not to be confused with the much greater Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan) is mostly famous for the way it was created (as a result of an ancient natural landslide damming a valley), destroyed (another natural landslide destroying that dam in 1963, with a subsequent damage to the city of Esik as well), and re-created (with human help).
Source: Wikipedia
Thanks to Lana for this beautiful card of a hot air balloon 
in Kazakhstan!
Sent: 3 September 2014   Received: 13 October 2014   Travelled: 40 days

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