Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain, Osh, Kyrgyzstan
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The Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain is a mountain over the city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan. The mountain rises over the Fergana Valley, and was a Muslim pilgrimage site since ancient times. The mountain is named after Sulaiman, a Muslim prophet mentioned in the Quran. His grave is said to be in the mountains, the site now marked with a shrine. It is, according to UNESCO, the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia, worshipped over several millennia.
According to popular belief, women who climb up to the shrine and crawl through an opening across the holy rock will give birth to healthy babies. Being a sacred Muslim site, the mountain is visited by pilgrims who leave their wishes and prayers draped on the trees and bushes.
Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Seville, Spain, on 22 - 30 June, 2009. It is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyrgyzstan.
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 40 31 52 E 72 46 58
Inscription Year: 2009
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, VI
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