Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain Kyrgyzstan dominates
the Fergana Valley and forms the backdrop to the city of Osh, at the
crossroads of important routes on the Central Asian Silk Roads. For more
than one and a half millennia, Sulaiman was a beacon for travellers
revered as a sacred mountain. Its five peaks and slopes contain numerous
ancient places of worship and caves with petroglyphs as well as two
largely reconstructed 16th century mosques. One hundred and one sites
with petroglyphs representing humans and animals as well as geometrical
forms have been indexed in the property so far. The site numbers 17
places of worship, which are still in use, and many that are not.
Dispersed around the mountain peaks they are connected by footpaths. The
cult sites are believed to provide cures for barrenness, headaches, and
back pain and give the blessing of longevity. Veneration for the
mountain blends pre-Islamic and Islamic beliefs. The site is believed to
represent the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in
Central Asia, worshipped over several millennia.