Though it was originally a small caravan stop of the Silk Road, the city of Bishkek was founded as a mud fortress in 1825, then named "Pishpek."
Today, the city is known for its surrounding mountains, downtown area, and up-and-coming status.
People Born in Bishkek
Bishkek in People's Lives
Ralph Fiennes: While serving as a UNICEF British ambassador, I visited this city and met with young journalists in 2003.