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At the time of its heyday, Saray was the capital of the Golden Horde, a territory that occupied much of European Russia, yet since 1501 there is no trace of it.
The words of Ibn Battuta
“First we headed to Ukak, a city of medium importance, well built, with great resources but with a very harsh climate, which is ten days’ walk from the sultan’s capital, al Sara.”Ibn Battuta
Saray, the palace of the Golden Horde
The name of the city, “Saray”, is a Turkish word of Persian origin which means “palace”, which very well identifies the fate of this place, destined to change location several times over time. The Old Saray will in fact be founded in 1240 by Batu Khan, founder of the
The problems will come, however, with the end of the khanate and with the subsequent passage from hand to hand to the various lords who will succeed it. New Saray, however, will suffer the first heavy blow from
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