Saturday, May 21, 2011

Greetings from the Golden Horde - Sarai Batu

This map, indicating Sarai and Grand Bolgar, is from the book "Russia and the Golden Horde"

by Charles J. Halperin 1985

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

In 1333 Arabian travellers mentioned that the settlement was inhabited by Mongols, Kipchaks, Circassians, Russians and Byzantines.

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