Karakorum


Kar·a·ko·rum

geographical name \ˌkär-ə-ˈkr-əm\

Definition of KARAKORUM

ruined city Mongolia on the upper Orhon of Mongol Empire

Karakorum

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient capital, Mongol empire. Its ruins lie on the upper Orhon River in north-central Mongolia. It was settled c. 750. Genghis Khan established his headquarters there in 1220. In 1235 his son and successor, Ögödei, enclosed the city with walls and built a palace. Chinese forces invaded Mongolia and destroyed Karakorum in 1388. It was later partially rebuilt but was abandoned by the 16th century. The ruins are included in a regional UNESCO World Heritage site designated in 2004.

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