Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Derbent - RUSSIA - UNESCO #1070

The nice close angled photography on this postcard was taken on the walls of the Derbent Fortress, a major stronghold, crucial for the control of the north-south passage on the west side of the Caspian Sea during more than 1500 years. Thank you very much Masha for another great swap (our summer here is also starting with low temperatures, hofefully it will change soon). I now have 428 UNESCO WHS cards, only 579 to finish (and only 2 missing from Russia). This postcard took 19 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1070 - City Walls, Ancient City of Derbent - RUSSIA
The Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent were part of the northern lines of the Sasanian Persian Empire, which extended east and west of the Caspian Sea. The fortification was built in stone. It consisted of two parallel walls that formed a barrier from the seashore up to the mountain. The town of Derbent was built between these two walls, and has retained part of its medieval fabric. The site continued to be of great strategic importance until the 19th century.

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