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Bishkek, formerly Pishpek and Frunze, is the capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan. The Manas Sculptural Complex, completed in 1981, is located in the heart of the city. The main statue depicts a legendary hero, Manas, on a magical horse who slays an evil dragon. The Manas poem is the classic centerpiece of Kyrgyz literature, and parts of the epic are often recited at Kyrgyz festivities.