Krasnaya Rechka, Kyrgyzstan

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Krasnaya Rechka

Красная Речка
Krasnaya Rechka is located in Kyrgyzstan
Krasnaya Rechka
Krasnaya Rechka
Coordinates: 42°54′0″N 74°57′36″E / 42.90000°N 74.96000°E / 42.90000; 74.96000Coordinates: 42°54′0″N 74°57′36″E / 42.90000°N 74.96000°E / 42.90000; 74.96000
CountryKyrgyzstan
RegionChuy Region
DistrictYsyk-Ata District
Elevation
737 m (2,418 ft)
Population
 (2009)
 • Total7,274

Krasnaya Rechka ('Red River') is a village in the Chuy Region of Kyrgyzstan 8 km east of Kant. Its population was 7,274 in 2009.[1] Nearby is the ruined Sogdian silk road settlement of Navekat ('new town'). It was active between the 6th and 12th centuries and was the largest town in the valley at the time. Buddhist, Nestorian, Manichaean, Chinese and Sanskrit remains have been found.

Though there is little notably visible on the surface, parts of the Buddhist Temple II site have been conserved.[2] A large eight-metre long reclining Buddha, decorated, with its pedestal, in red paint, was discovered during excavations in 1961. It was sent to the Hermitage Museum for conservation, where, in 2004, it was noted only a small section had been treated - the rest still in their original transportation packing.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 population census of the Kyrgyz Republic: Chuy Region" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  2. ^ Fodde, Enrico (2006). "Analytical methods for the conservation of the Buddhist temple II of Krasnaya Rechka, Kyrgyzstan" (PDF). Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites. 8 (3): 136–153. doi:10.1179/175355206x265797.
  3. ^ Fodde, Enrico (2006). "Analytical methods for the conservation of the Buddhist temple II of Krasnaya Rechka, Kyrgyzstan". Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites. 8 (3): 136-153 (p. 138). doi:10.1179/175355206x265797.
  • Laurence Mitchell, 'Kyrgyzstan', Bradt Travel Guides, 2008