Miracles found in Toprak-Kala

Research carried out in 1945–1958 was associated with Toprak-Kala, the dynastic center of the Khorezm kings erected in the late 2nd – 3rd centuries at one time and according to a unified plan.

The following objects located in the complex itself attract particular attention: a fortified city itself, with an area of 500 x 350 meters, divided into 10 quarters, which housed a fire temple, palaces and temples, residential buildings.

The palace, the halls of which are decorated with bas-reliefs and paintings, is considered one of the outstanding monuments of ancient times. The famous “Dancing Masks” hall got its name thanks to the bas-relief panel on its walls depicting 55 dancing men and women. The “Deer Hall” contains survived images of deers.

“Hall of Warriors” gives an opportunity to see the defenders of the castle, and in the “Victory Hall” there is a bas-relief composition depicting the ruler himself and two goddesses standing on either side of him – obviously, personifying victory.

The “Kings Hall” is located in the northeastern part of the palace. Along the hall walls, there are statues of the king’s ancestors (possibly the gods of the Zoroastrian pantheon).

In the Toprak-Kala palace, scholars also found murals depicting a woman playing the harp, wild animals, a teenager holding a bow, and much more.

You can learn more about the topic in the book-album "The Collection of the Ichan-Kala State Museum-Reserve" (Volume XLVII) in the series "Сultural legacy of Uzbekistan in the world collections".

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