Sites & cities that bear the name of Karakorum


Today in : Mongolia
First trace of activity : 1220 C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 16th century C.E
Recorded names : ᠬᠠᠷᠠᠬᠣᠷᠣᠮ, Хархорум, Kharkhorum, 哈拉和林, Kara Korin, Qaraqorum, qaraqorom, Каракорум

Description : Karakorum (Khalkha Mongolian: Хархорум, Kharkhorum; Mongolian Script:ᠬᠠᠷᠠᠬᠣᠷᠣᠮ, Karakorum; Chinese: 哈拉和林) was the capital of the Mongol Empire between 1235 and 1260 and of the Northern Yuan in the 14–15th centuries. Its ruins lie in the northwestern corner of the Övörkhangai Province of Mongolia, near today's town of Kharkhorin and adjacent to the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the probable earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. They are part of the upper part of the World Heritage site Orkhon Valley.

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