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Naryn-Kala Welcomes Tourists
October 6, 2014 14:24


Tourists enter the citadel through the main eastern gate. The place of the current museum ticket office previously was the place of the guards. An impressive three-storey building of khan’s office with parade and service premises is built directly above the gate. The museum of the fortress is located there now.

The list of numerous archaeological findings, from of stone axes to medieval military armor, includes the most ancient artifact - a ceramic statuette of the goddess of fertility, the so-called “Madonna of Derbent”. It was found during excavations in 1987 and is dated III century BC. The first thing you see entering the fortress is a spring of pure water. It’s a part of the preserved water supply system - an essential element of combat effectiveness of the fortress.

According to the stories, the walls of the palace were decorated with marble, stained glass windows were waxed with fat from the outside to make them shine in the sun. Khan’s chambers had a swimming pool with cool water for swimming on hot days. Bath with heated floors and walls was prepared every day. The leader came here not only to have a wash, but to play chess and to engage in state affairs - for example, to conclude a contract with a foreign ambassador. We can have a look at the bath today. It does not look like a usual bath, first of all, it is almost an entirely underground structure – only the entrance from the palace is located above the ground.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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