PICTURES: World Wonders Added to UN Heritage List

 PICTURES: World Wonders Added to UN Heritage List
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Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain, Kyrgyzstan

At a vital hub on the Silk Road, the Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain in southern Kyrgyzstan has been a beacon for travelers for more than a thousand years (above, a mountainside museum in an undated photograph).

(See a regional map.)

Added to the World Heritage List in June 2009, the five peaks and slopes of Sulamain contain 17 places of worship, including two largely reconstructed 16th-century mosques.

The religious sites, connected by footpaths around the mountain peaks, purportedly extend lives and provide cures for a range of ailments, including headaches and back pain.
— Photograph courtesy David Trilling, UNESCO
 
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