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Photo: “Cemetery” of old Korans

Pakistani Muslims believe that the Koran can not be thrown out, instead, worn out holy books are “buried” under the mountain.

A few million copies of the holy book of Muslims are kept in tunnels under the hills in Pakistan’s Quetta. In 1992, Samed Lehri created this repository to “bury” books, since Islam forbids burning or in any other way profane the Qur’an.

Visitors do not take an entrance fee, but welcome voluntary donations that go to digging additional storage corridors.

Every day hundreds of old sacred books are sent to the vault. If they are in an acceptable state, they are restored and given to new owners. Some of the books “buried” in this place are about 600 years old.

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