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Moving onto another of the ruined gems of the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan - Toprak Kala in the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan sometimes spelt Topraq Kala). It is another location that has missed out on other TE members visiting. It should show up easily on a google search.
Toprak Kala is an ancient abandoned city further east than Chilpyk. It dates from the 1st to 5th century. It was built of mud bricks on a rocky outcrop. As with Chilpyk the mud is gradually getting washed away.
The river in my previous photo used to flow near the city but at one stage changed course and that was the end of Toprak Kala. In recent years there has been a lot of interest from archaeologists.
It is a great place to explore with its maze of buildings and rooms. Some of the walls have sculptured shapes. There is no temple but one area was the king's palace.

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