Por-Bajin (which also goes by the name, “Por-Bazhyn”) is considered one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in Russia.
The ancient fortress — which scholars estimate must have been constructed around 757 AD — engulfs an island in the middle of Tere-Khol Lake. It’s 2,300 meters above sea level in the mountains of southern Siberia. It’s close to the Mongolian border.
It occupies 3.5 hectares.
The awesome site is likewise considered part of the Republic of Tuva under the Russian Federation. In fact, Por-Bajin means “clay house” in the Tuvan language.
Occupying 3.5-hectares, Por-Bajin is surrounded by walls that are 10 meters tall and 12 meters wide.
It was first explored in 1891, but excavations on the site only started in 1957.
Por-Bajin’s origin has been linked to the Uyghurs, an ethnic group in Eastern and Central Asia. However, the Uyghurs were said to be nomadic, so scholars are still trying to find out why they would build such a massive structure. Some have theorized that Por-Bajin could also have been a monastery, a summer palace, or an astronomical observatory.
The site seems to have been built using at least one other cultural influence.
There are things that don't add up here.
In a report published in The European Archaeologist in 2011, archaeologist Irina Arzhantseva noted that Por-Bajin layout was “characteristic of Chinese architecture from the T’ang Dynasty.”
Other scholars have remarked that Por-Bajin is like a scaled-down version of the imperial Forbidden City in China. However, these scholars can’t seem to explain why there are no provisions for heating systems in Por-Bajin despite the fact that temperatures there could drop dangerously low.
Buildings in the Por-Bajin complex had detailed roof tiles.
But for all the debates that archaeologists have engaged in, there are still no sure answers to the questions surrounding Por-Bajin. Who built it? What is it really for? Why was it abandoned? For now, we all just have to wait until the excavations on the site yield more clues.
Were these walls designed to keep out enemies?
Perhaps, Russian president Vladimir Putin summed it up best when he said this about Por-Bajin: “I have been to many places, I have seen many things, but I have never seen anything of the kind.”
Imagine Being Royalty At 12 of the World’s Most Spectacular Castles
Live it big like kings and queens.
One of the great things about being a tourist is getting to see all manner of unusual things not common in your own country.
Like castles, for instance. Really unique, unusual ones that tower over you and make you feel like you've been thrown back to the last century, and are one of the denizens of the keep, maybe even royalty.
Here are 12 of most dramatic and striking citadels from around the world to see on your next trip:
Daring Swimmers Jump Into The World’s Most Dangerous Pool
Would you dare take a thrilling swim at this pool?
Ultimate thrill-seekers looking for a death-defying experience may find it in Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall which is twice the height of Niagra falls.
At the fringes of Victoria Falls lies the Devil’s Pool, which is probably the most dangerous infinity pool in the world.
Swimmers must be brave enough to take a dip in this pool as slippery, submerged lip of rocks only serve as barriers between them and the 100 meter drop over the waterfall.
Photographer Travels To Capture The Most Beautiful Libraries In The World.
Satisfy your inner bibliophile with some of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
Libraries are powerful and open source of information, knowledge and education. They are just as important as books are to readers. The main goal is to promote reading and make it accessible to the public.
For "bibliophiles," a library is not only a place but a sanctuary where learning never stops. It opens different worlds that fill everyone with wonder and delight--from flipping pages to the towering bookshelves plus a favorite book to read.
French-born photographer Franck Bohbot has been traveling since 2011 to search for the world's most beautiful libraries. Bohbot who is based in New York has gone to different places like Paris and Tokyo for his ongoing series called House of Books. It showcased some of the most astounding, historical, unique and artsy libraries in the world, from the breathtaking architecture and interior, this work is every book lover's dream.
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