Tash Rabat is a massive stone fortress and ancient caravanserai used by 15th century Silk Road merchants and caravans as a rest stop. There is some evidence that dates the original structure to the 10th century, when it is thought to have been a monastery for Christians who came here before the Mongolian invasion and the spread of Islam. Tash Rabat is the largest stone structure in Central Asia, and its architecture is similar to that of Samarkand. The fortress contains numerous underground passages, secret exits, and underground prisons.
PUBLISHED: July 18, 2013