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Chilpyk is a Zoroastrian burial site. The Zoroastrian religion predated Christianity, Judiasm and Islam and was the first religion with just one god. They used this, the Tower Of Silence, to lay out their dead for birds of prey to clean the bodies up and purify them.
After some time the bones were collected and buried in earthenware vessels.
The stucture is made of dried mud and is 15m high with a diameter of 65m. It was originally another 10m higher but the occasional rain is wearing it down. The walk up is steep but not excessive.

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