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Sulayman Mountain

Coordinates: 40°31′52″N 72°46′58″E / 40.53111°N 72.78278°E / 40.53111; 72.78278
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Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain
UNESCO World Heritage Site
CriteriaCultural: (iii), (vi)
Inscription2009 (33rd Session)
Area112 ha (280 acres)
Buffer zone4,788 ha (11,830 acres)
Coordinates40°31′52″N 72°46′58″E / 40.53111°N 72.78278°E / 40.53111; 72.78278
Sulayman Mountain is located in Kyrgyzstan
Sulayman Mountain
Location of Sulayman Mountain in Kyrgyzstan
Sulayman Mountain is located in West and Central Asia
Sulayman Mountain
Sulayman Mountain (West and Central Asia)

The Sulayman Mountain (Kyrgyz: Сулайман-Тоо, also known as Sulaiman-Too, Sulayman Rock, or The Throne of Sulayman) is the only World Heritage Site located entirely in the country of Kyrgyzstan.[a][1] It is located in the city of Osh and was once a major place of pre-Muslim pilgrimage. The rock rises abruptly from the surrounding plains of the Fergana Valley and is a popular place among locals and visitors, with a splendid view.


This mountain is thought by some researchers and historians to be the famous landmark of antiquity known as the “Stone Tower”, which Claudius Ptolemy wrote about in his famous treatise Geography.[2][3][4] It marked the midpoint on the ancient Silk Road, the overland trade route taken by caravans between Europe and Asia.

Sulayman Shrine[edit]

Sulayman (Solomon) is a prophet in the Qur'an, and the mountain contains a shrine that supposedly marks his grave. Women who ascend to the shrine on top and crawl though an opening across the holy rock will, according to legend, give birth to healthy children. The trees and bushes on the mountain are draped with numerous "prayer flags", small pieces of cloth that are tied to them.

Area protection[edit]

According to the UNESCO, the mountain is "the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia, worshipped over several millennia".[5] The site is still a popular place for local Muslims, with stairs leading up to the highest peak where there stands a small mosque originally built by Babur in 1510. Much of the mosque was reconstructed in the late 20th century.

The rock also contains the National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Sulayman that was built during the Soviet era, showing archaeological findings from the area and its history. The lower slope of the mountain is surrounded by a cemetery.


  1. ^ Kyrgyzstan shares the Tian-Shan Silk Road Site with China and Kazakhstan. The Western Tien-Shan site is shared with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.



  1. ^ "Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain". UNESCO. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  2. ^ Dean, Riaz (2022). The Stone Tower: Ptolemy, the Silk Road, and a 2,000-Year-Old Riddle. Delhi: Penguin Viking. pp. 173–85. ISBN 978-0670093625.
  3. ^ Dean, Riaz (2015). "The Location of Ptolemy's Stone Tower: The Case for Sulaiman-Too in Osh" (PDF). The Silk Road.
  4. ^ von Reden, Sitta (2023). The Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies (Volume 3: Frontier-Zone Processes and Transimperial Exchange). De Gruyter Oldenbourg. p. 20. ISBN 9783110604641.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  5. ^ "Sacred mountain in Kyrgyzstan enters List along with Iran's Shushtar water system and Royal tombs in Republic of Korea". UNESCO. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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