14 October 2006

The Freedom Monument represents post-Soviet national aspirations in Kyrgyzstan and is the backdrop for countless photographs, especially of rural people on an outing to the national capital. The upraised circle signifies the center hole of the wooden frame of the circular yurts, the traditional form of transportable housing for the nomadic Kyrgyz. That center frame, radiating like the sun, is also primary symbol on the national flag.

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