Video: Abandoned Fishermen’s Village of Urga (Uzbekistan)

Sudochye Lake. Ustyurt Plateau


The village of Urga on the shore of Lake Sudochye was the first Russian settlement in the territory of Khoresm and the Aral Sea region. In the first half of the 20th century Lake Sudochye abounded in fish, which attracted fishermen from different parts of the country. At that time Urga was a considerable village with a population of several hundred people and fishing as the main branch of economy. However, the history of this village started much earlier. Archaeologists discovered remains of a settlement with a citadel built of coquina, which they referred to the 9th-13th century.

With the shrinkage of the Aral Sea people started to leave the village. 1971 was the year when the village saw its last resident leaving. Today we can observe the spectral ruins of the houses of this abandoned village, which is quite a sad spectacle.

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