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Ancient Architects #History and Archaeology

The Mysterious Ruins of the Island Palace of Por-Bajin

The archaeological site of Por-Bajin is situated on an island in Lake Tere-Khol in the Republic of Tuva in Southern Siberia, very close to the border with Mongolia, and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before.

This 1,300-year-old fortress-like structure still divides the experts as what it actually was in its hey-day.


It’s a site that I wasn’t aware of until recently and it fascinates and frustrates the experts in equal measure because there are differing opinions regarding who built it and why.


Some people think it’s a summer palace, some say a monastery, others believe its an astronomical observatory and some believe it’s a fortress?


So what is it?


In this video, I'll be taking a closer at the mysterious ruins of this so-called island palace.

Matt
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