Kumbez of Manas

This 11 m-high-monument is 22 km NE from Talas, capital of the region. It is a mausoleum of main hero of Kyrgyz epic, Manas. It's decorated with Kyrgyz national ornaments and Arabic inscriptions. It's one of the main treasures of Kyrgyz culture and history.

By the legend, it was ordered to masters of Bukhara and Samarkand to build it by Kanykei, wife of the legendary hero. To confuse and to distract enemies, there was an inscription made saying it's a tomb of a rich ruler's daughter.