Photographer's Note

For me, the main attraction in Republic of Kalmikiya and its capital Elista is this Chess City built in 1998 on the initiative of then president of the republic and FIDE, millionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The sculpture of a chess-man at the left-hand part of the picture simultaneously resembles Buddhist stupas. There is a museum of Kalmyk Buddhist art inside the territory of Chess City, which is an autonomous administrative part of Elista.

GPS coordinates: 46.297092 Lat, 44.297755 Long, 106 m

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Additional Photos by Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
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