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In the desert between Nukus and Khiva in Uzbekistan you come across Toprak Kala. The name of Toprak Kala means “dusty fortress” and it is. It was once a fortified city and palace. It dates from the 2nd and 3rd centuries and was originally surrounded by a moat. The Amu Darya river used to be nearby but that river has changed courses many times and is now well away from the remains.
The remains are literally melting away each time it rains as it was made of compacted mud. Enough remains to give an idea of the size and majesty of the place.
There are lots of Zoroastrian elements in the ruins.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1889 W: 82 N: 5779] (26473)
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