Sites & cities that bear the name of Ordu-Baliq


Today in : Mongolia
First trace of activity : 745 C.E
Last trace of activity : 840 C.E
Recorded names : Mubalik, Karabalghasun, Khar Balgas, Otuken, 𐰇𐱅𐰰𐰤:𐰖𐰃𐱁‎, Ötüken yïš, 𐰵𐱅𐰜𐰤:𐰘𐰼, Ötüken jer, 𐰵𐱅𐰜𐰤:𐰘𐰃𐱁, Ordubaliq

Description : Ordu-Baliq (meaning "city of the court", "city of the army"), also known as Mubalik and Karabalghasun, was the capital of the first Uyghur Khaganate. It was built on the site of the former Göktürk imperial capital, 27 km north-to-northwest of the later Mongol capital, Karakorum. Its ruins are known as Kharbalgas in Mongolian meaning "black city". They form part of the World Heritage Site Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. In 744, after the defeat of the last Göktürk Kaghan by the Uyghur-Qarluk-Basmyl alliance, the Uyghurs under Bayanchur Khan (Bayan Çor) established their imperial capital Ordu Baliq on the site of the old ördü ("nomadic capital"). Ordu-Baliq flourished until 840, when it was reduced to ruin by the invading Yenisey Kyrgyzes.

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