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Museum Sulaiman Too, Osh

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Visit the biggest museum in Kyrgyzstan, Museum Sulaiman Too, a multi-purpose archaeological, natural history, and cultural museum located on a UNESCO-protected sacred mountain. Housing over 33,000 artifacts from the 11th century on, the museum tells the story of pilgrimage sites visited by Muslims since the times of the Prophet Mohammad, giving you an insight into Kyrgyz history and culture. Explore numerous caves and crevices, each of them reputed to have different spiritual powers, and see restored rooms with mannequins in traditional costumes demonstrating the life of pilgrims. Head to the observation balcony on the upper floor of the museum to enjoy panoramic views over Osh. Before you head to Osh, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Osh trip planner, to make sure you see all that Osh has to offer, including Museum Sulaiman Too.
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  • September 6, 2017
    Did you know that Islam believes that Solomon, King David's son, was a prophet? As it is, and legend has it that Kyrgyzs in these parts, climbed this mountain and cried up there. Then there's an altar exactly in this place. For prayers. The path is steep but easy, and in the middle of the mountain has a small museum. It's nothing extraordinary, but a good story or story? Well, you decide!
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  • August 22, 2017
    Sulayman mountain hiking in the US after we reach the Museum gives an overview of the Kyrgyz universities. Once there it is possible to see in the beautiful views.
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  • November 23, 2016
    Actually, I'm not a fan of museums, and actually I know no longer, which is why I visited this here - probably it has to do with my great affection for Kyrgyzstan and OSH. Also, the location is a huge cave in the limestone block of the "throne of Solomon", the pilgrimage mountain Suleiman too, prospect Hill dominates the OSH. If you so, as in this case, to award both plus and minus points, then the assessment amounts necessarily to a medium level. The cave itself, which is not so much with stalactites and stalagmites equipped, but characterized by huge natural halls is one of the pluses. In these halls and rooms, though archeological evidence from the adjacent Fergana Basin are exhibited, an ancient cultural area, coined by various periods of human development. Some exhibits are presented in a suitable environment appealing, others, one has the feeling that the archaic dressed figures are straight out of punch and Judy. This is amusing, but not necessarily authentic. Rather sad is the majority of specimens of native species, which have already reached an advanced Zerbröselungsstadium. Anyway, no clear line at the exhibits can be seen. Although they are associated with each other thematically, but one has the feeling that here according to the motto "displayed all that we have" procedure was used in some places. And what it is, remains largely closed to Western visitors, because the labels confined mainly Russian and Kyrgyz, and sometimes nothing at all, although a significant proportion of international visitors is composed. I regret by no means, can visit because firstly, the cave is impressive, secondly, some exhibits are definitely worth a visit and thirdly you can not resist an occasional laugh off - what is definitely in order. However, the purpose of the shell-shaped, monumental and widely recognizable Museum portal in the middle of the Suleiman too, which opens me even after multiple sighting and consideration continues to not. Or is this just a relic of typical Soviet scrap art? Because the Museum in its present form was opened already in 1978 3000-jährigen anniversary of the founding of the city of OSH – after all.
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While accommodations in Osh are not plentiful, the city does have a good selection of budget lodgings, including hostels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts. Look to the center for the largest concentration, with an array of choices around Mount Sulaiman-Too and the bazaar area. Those wanting more amenities have a couple of upmarket hotels to choose from, in both central and outlying areas.
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