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17 Greetings From The Golden Horde

Greetings From The Golden Horde

Posted on February 17, 2011 by team


The Astrakhan region can boast of an ancient settlement Sarai Batu – the former capital of the Golden Horde and a major ancient trading center.

From about 1710 to 1765 there was a nitrate factory in these places. The part of the ancient settlement was surrounded by a stone wall. Bricks from the settlement were also used in its construction.

Closer to the end of the 18th century the National academy organized several scientific expeditions to describe unknown parts of the Russian empire.

Some members of those expeditions compiled information about the settlement.

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17 Responses to “Greetings From The Golden Horde”

  1. testicules says:

    What is the list price on this? I think I want to buy it.

  2. Genghis says:

    5,000 horses with good straight teeth, 10,000 baskets of grain with no sign of mold, mildew, or rot, and 1,000 healthy women able to pitch tents, bake bread, and bear children.

  3. Musa says:

    It looks like a staged movie set. I wouldn’t doubt it if it was or is or has been used for making films. This is an interesting post with the tale and photographs. It’s a very different post too. I like that. Thank You.

  4. Don says:

    it look likes it has been built recently… with those russian archeologs, we never know, because they like to rebuild stuff as if they were new.

  5. OldBikr says:

    Kinda looks like the Native American pueblos of the South Western US.

    There are remarkable similarities in the construction methods and materials.

    Thank you for a fascinating pictorial.

    EnglishRussia rules! all of the other sites just drool.

  6. RAB says:

    it just makes you want to go back to being a kid for a day and explore all those cool steps and windows. I wish there was more pictures of inside but still very amazing.

  7. Sarkus says:

    I don’t know what those photos are of, but they do not seem to correspond to anything else on the web about Sarai. There were two Golden Horde cities that used that name, but the location of the second is somewhat in dispute. And both almost completely disappeared hundreds of years ago, leaving no significant ruins today. The first Sarai is thought to have been found, but links on the net indicate meagre excavated ruins and nothing like what is in those photos. I’m guessing it may really be a reconstruction of a Horde or another different era community; certainly the wooden water wheel has to be.

  8. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here.

    This is not an ancient city, this is a reconstruction, set or something else, But it is modern (relatively).

    Fake Russian archaeologists.

    God bless the America Archaeological Institute.

  9. Alvaro says:

    I knew it was too good to be true. but still awesome movie set, a lot of work went into it, it must have been a good movie, anyone know what movie was filmed there?

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