Kyzyl, capital of the Tuva Republic

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The Center of Asia monument © Dr.A.Hugentobler/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Center of Asia monument © Dr.A.Hugentobler/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kyzyl is the capital city of the Tuva Republic in southern Siberia. The name of the city means “red” in Tuvan (as well as in many other Turkic languages) with a population of 110,000. The population of Tuva is at 308,000. Forests, mountains, and steppe make up a large part of the geography. Tos-Bulak is the area of open fields and mineral springs which lies immediately south of Kyzyl. It is the location of the Naadam festival (15 August), the Tuvan Republic Day, where various competitions such as horseriding and khuresh (wrestling) are held.

Kyzyl claims to be located exactly in the geographical center of Asia. Whether these coordinates are in fact the center of Asia is disputed (e.g., Ürümqi in China makes a similar claim). However, there is a monument labelled “Center of Asia” in English, Russian, and Tuvan which asserts this claim.

Government of the Republic of Tuva © Oschtan/cc-by-3.0 Musical Drama Theatre and a Buddhist prayer wheel © Urbanplay/cc-by-sa-3.0 National Museum of the Aldan-Maadyr © Oschtan/cc-by-sa-3.0 Buddhist monastery © Oschtan/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Center of Asia monument © Dr.A.Hugentobler/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Musical Drama Theatre and a Buddhist prayer wheel © Urbanplay/cc-by-sa-3.0
Kyzyl is located where the Yenisei River meets the Maly Yenisey River to form the Verkhny Yenisey. Most development is south of the river and follow the curves of the river, with the highest development centered where the two headstreams of the Yenisei, the Bolshoy Yenisey, and the Maly Yenisey, meet. A monument was built in 1964 on the river bank to mark this.

It was founded in 1914 as Belotsarsk (lit. White Tsar’s town). In 1918, it was renamed Khem-Beldyr, and in 1926 it was given its present name. In September 2014, Kyzyl celebrated its 100th anniversary as a city.

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