Sites & cities that bear the name of Almaliq


Today in : China
First trace of activity : ca. 13th century C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 15th century C.E
Recorded names : ئالمالىق, 阿力麻里, Ālìmálǐ, Armalec, Almalik, Almalig, Almaligh, Almarikh

Description : Almaliq (Uighur: ئالمالىق; Chinese: 阿力麻里; pinyin: Ālìmálǐ), also spelled Armalec, Almalik, Almalig, Almaligh and Almarikh, was a medieval city in the Ili basin in present-day Huocheng County in the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang. It is situated between the city of Yining (Ili) and the border with Kazakhstan. Almaliq was originally one of Karluk cities in the Turkic Kaganates. It is known from the accounts of the Persian historians and Chinese travelers of the Mongol era (13th to 15th centuries), in particular the 13th-century Daoist Qiu Chuji (Chang Chun). According to the travel notes of Genghis Khan's chief adviser Yelü Chucai, the city of Almaliq was situated between the Tian Shan mountains and the Ili River. There were many crab apple trees around Almalik. The native people called them "almaliq", thus giving the name to the city. An account by a Persian historian tells that in 1211, Prince Ozar of Almaliq acknowledged the supremacy of Genghis Khan. The king was later killed by the Gurkhan of Karakitai. Genghis Khan ordered the king's son Siknak Tekin to succeed him as king of Almaliq and gave him the only daughter of his elder son Jochi for marriage. In 1219, when Genghis Khan led his host on campaign to Persia, Siknak Tekin followed him. The marriage between the ruler of Almaliq and a granddaughter of Genghis Khan demonstrates the city's importance at the time. Home to people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and religions, the city became an important Islamic center under the rule of Tughluq Temur, Khan of Moghulistan, from c. 1351 to 1363. Tughluq Temür's tomb can still be seen in the town. Inscriptions also show the presence of Nestorian Christians in the town in the third quarter of the fourteenth century. A number of Catholic missionaries worked in Almaliq in the 14th century as well, including Giovanni de' Marignolli. Like him, many Europeans in Medieval China stopped there while traveling. The city was typically known as "Armalec" in their accounts. The ancient city of Almaliq is not to be confused with Olmaliq (traditionally transcribed "Almalyk"), the Uzbeki mining town founded in 1951.

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