Top Ten Kyrgyzstani Attractions

Top Ten Kyrgyzstani Attractions

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       Kyrgyzstan is one of the world’s six independent Turkic states (along with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan). Located in Central Asia, landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek. “Kyrgyz,” is believed to have been derived from the Turkic word for “forty,” in reference to the 40 clans of Manas, a legendary hero who united 40 regional clans against the Uyghers. Literally it means “We are forty.” In the early 9th century AD, the Uyghers dominated much of Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and parts of Russia and China. By extension, Kyrgyz is also thought to mean “unconquerable” or “undefeatable.” The 40-ray sun on the flag of Kyrgyzstan is a reference to those same 40 tribes and the graphical element in the sun’s center depicts the wooden crown of a yurt, a portable dwelling traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.

  1. Sulayman Mountain
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           The Sulayman Mountain, also known as Taht-I-Suleiman, Sulayman Rock or Sulayman Throne, is located in the city of Osh and was once a major place of Muslim and 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. Sulayman 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. According to the UNESCO, the mountain is “the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia, worshiped over several millennia.” 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, he later become the who would later become the founder of the Mughal Empire. Much of the mosque had been reconstructed in the late 20th century. The rock also contains a museum that was carved during the Soviet era, showing archaeological findings from the area and its history. The lower slope of the mountain is surrounded by a cemetery.
    Links: Top Ten Mountains, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulayman_Mountain,
  2. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyrgyzstan,