A thriving Christian Armenian community existed in Kyrgyzstan since the 1st century. Many artifacts were found in Chuy Valley, linked with Issyk Kul via Boom Gorge.
For example, an engraved stone with a cross, carrying an Armenian inscription, “Jesus Christ Our Lord” was excavated in Tarsakent, a medieval Christian town.
A Syrian inscription under the cross read, “This is the grave of Johan, the Armenian Bishop”. And a date, 772 by Armenian chronology, corresponding to 1323.
by Mano Chil