Golden Warrior Monument
|Kazakh: Altan Adam|
The Statue of the Golden Man
|Dedicated to||The independence of the state of Kazakhstan|
The Golden Warrior Monument, also known as the Golden Man Statue or the Statue of the Golden Warrior, stands on Republic Square in the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. The monument celebrates the independence of Kazakhstan, the identity of its people, and the role of the city of Almaty as capital of Kazakhstan until 1997 when the capital moved to Astana. The statue, a Saka warrior and a barys, stands atop a 91 feet (28 m) tall column.
The design of the monument was inspired by Kazakh folklore and the 1969 archaeological discovery of an 18 year old Second or Third Century BC Saka or Scythian noble buried in a golden suit of armor with a sizable hoard of gold, earning him the moniker "Golden Man" (Russian: Zolotoi Chelovek).
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