Melikawat Ruins lost city in the desert

Melikawat Ruins Hotan Xinjiang
In the desert of Taklamakan, Melikawat was buried there more than 1,000 years. The remaining walls today can reflect the grandeur and majesty of the city at the time of the Silk Road for it's the Former capital of the kingdom of Yutian.

Former capital of the kingdom of Yutian, Melikawat have sunk beneath the sands of the Taklamakan desert in the late tenth century. This huge city would have been gigantic proportions for the time since its length is approximately 4 kilometers! Unfortunately, the remains today are only some parts of the walls. Roads and buildings are almost unrecognizable. In the center of the city, it is still possible to recognize a Buddhist monastery that forms the heart of Melikawat Buddhist city of the Silk Road. To see some of the relics found by archaeologists in the buried city, it is best to visit one of the museums in the region, such as Hotan Cultural Museum. The visit of the city is worthwhile for this cemetery stone is half covered by sand.

 

 

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