Manas District

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Kyrgyzstan Manas Raion.png
Country Kyrgyzstan
Province Talas Province
Time zone GMT +5 (UTC+5)

Manas is a raion (district) of Talas Province in north-western Kyrgyzstan. The capital lies at Pokrovka.:[1]

The district is named after the mythical Kyrgyz national hero, Manas, who is said to have been born in the Alatau mountains in the raion. A few kilometers outside Talas lies a mausoleum, supposedly that of Manas, called the Kümböz Manas. However, the inscription on its richly-decorated facade dedicates it to "...the most glorious of women Kenizek-Khatun, the daughter of the Emir Abuka".

The building, known as "Manastin Khumbuzu" or "The Ghumbez of Manas", is thought to have been built in 1334. It now contains a museum dedicated to the epic. A ceremonial mound also lies nearby.

Rural communities and villages[edit]

In total, Manas District include 22 settlements in 5 rural communities (aiyl okmotus). Each rural community can consist of one or several villages. The rural communities and settlements in the Manas District are:[2]

  1. Kaiyndy aiyl okmotu (center - village Aral, and also villages Kaiyndy, Nyldy, Sary-Bulak, and Chech-Debe)
  2. Kirghizia aiyl okmotu (center - village Talas, and also villages Kek-Debe and Manas)
  3. May aiyl okmotu (center - village Mayskoe, and also village Novodonetskoe)
  4. Pokrovka okmotu (center - village Pokrovka, and also villages Balasary, Jayylgan, Kara-Archa, and Seget)
  5. Uch-Korgon aiyl okmotu (center - village Kyzyl-Jyldyz, and also villages Ak-Tash, Jiyde, Kenesh, Chong-Kapka, Tash-Bashat, and Uch-Korgon)


Coordinates: 42°43′23″N 71°36′00″E / 42.72306°N 71.60000°E / 42.72306; 71.60000