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Uzbekistan boasts hundreds of holy places and shrines attracting pilgrims from home and abroad

Rustam Qobil

BBC Uzbek

Uzbekistan wants to become a second Mecca using its many ancient shrines to attract religious tourists.

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Uzbekistan is opening its doors to faiths around the world.
How the 'country of a hundred shrines' is opening up to the rest of the world.

Uzbekistan's hidden shrines

Uzbekistan is opening its doors to faiths around the world.
Uzbekistan is home to shrines that are sacred to Christians, Muslims and Jews. Once part of the Soviet Union, all religious worship was repressed, but since 2016 a new government has been encouraging its people to reclaim their sacred heritage. 

Now, local Muslims as well as tourists of all faiths from around the world can come to pray at these shrines once more. 

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