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Bishkek Philharmonic

6. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Manas (national folk hero of Kyrgyzstan) statues and the State Historical Museum highlight the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The city's population has soared during the last century. In 1913, the city had 14,000 residents, according to Encyclopedia Britannica; now it has nearly 800,000, making it the most populous city in Kyrgyzstan. A statue of Vladimir Lenin and the Kyrgyz White House, built as the headquarters of the Communist Party's Central Committee in 1985, are among the top tourist attractions.
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