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Astrakhan Oblast , Selitrennoe

Selitrennoe Ancient Settlement Museum

The Selitrennoe Ancient Settlement Museum was founded in 2003 as a unique branch of the Astrakhan Museum Preserve.

An ancient town founded by Batu Khan in the 13th century was discovered during an excavation. Selitrennoe Ancient Settlement (or Sarai Batu) was the capital of the Golden Horde. It is located on the Akhtuba river bank in the Kharabalinsky district.

The ruins of the capital of the Golden Horde have long attracted the attention of travelers and explorers. Since 1965 archaeological research has been performed in the Selitrennoye ancient settlement.

Over the years, scientists have excavated more than 30,000 square meters in the town.  Pottery and glassmaker workshops were uncoverd, and traces of bone carving workshops and a semi-precious stone processing workshop were discovered. Manors of the Golden Horde aristocrats, a complex of public buildings standing on the square, were discovered, including  a large mosque and a public bathhouse. In addition dozens of homes belonging to ordinary citizens were explored.

Selitrennoe Ancient Settlement is an federal archaeological monument. It is considered to be one of the largest archaeological sites in Russia.

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Phone number: +7 (927) 664-57-57
Address: Astrakhanskaya Oblast, Kharabalinsky District, Selitrennoe village

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