Everyone, who visits Osh, can’t escape the view of a mountain in the center of the city, just like Eiffel tower in Paris. Sulaiman-Too meaning Solomon’s Mountain is a 1000 metres high rocky spur of Alay mountain range. The mount was revered as a sacred mountain and a major place of pilgrimage in the Central Asia for Muslims as well as pre-Muslims. Its five peaks and slopes contain numerous ancient places of worship and caves with petroglyphs as well as two largely reconstructed 16th century mosques. For many Muslims of the region it is the most sacred place after Holy cities of Makkah, Medinah and Jerusalem.
In June 2009 it became the first site in Kyrgyzstan to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to its report “The site is believed to represent the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia, worshiped over several centuries.”
Osh a city located at the crossroads of several branches of silk caravan routes is reportedly older than Rome, and a number of legends say that Alexander The Great had passed through it on his way to India. Another legend says that King Solomon had slept on the mount. Archaeologists have found artifacts dating back to about the fifth century B.C. In any case Mughal Emperor Babur prior to his victory in India, was crowned King of the Ferghana Valley and had stayed here and one of the mosques at the mountain top was constructed by him in 1510.