Video: Ustyurt Plateau. Part 2. Beliuli Caravanserai


Ustyurt Plateau (also spelled Ust-Urt, Usturt) is a most interesting and least explored destination between the Aral and Caspian Seas. It is just a fabulous rocky desert now but in ancient times caravan roads ran across it. They connected Khiva with the Volga and Emba deltas. The plateau was then controlled by the powerful and wealthy nomadic tribes of the Massageteans…

Beliuli Caravanserai was one of the seven caravanserais there. Located in the center of the plateau, the caravanserai with its strong walls served as a shelter stop for traveling merchants and dervishes. Beliuli complex had a caravanserai building, a holy well, water storage reservoirs, a large burial ground, and shell stone quarries: they used shell stones as building material. Still rarely visited by people today, the lone and half-ruined arch of Beliuli Caravanserai survives as evidence of fascinating ancient architecture once practiced in the area.


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