Saturday, April 5, 2014

Republic of Dagestan: the Citadel of Derbent

The Republic of Dagestan (meaning "land of the mountains"), is a Russian republic located in the North Caucasus region near the Caspian Sea.

The Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent are part of an ancient strategic defence system. Derbent is situated on the western shores of the Caspian Sea, in present-day Dagestan.

It was in the position to control the traffic between Europe and the Middle East, and shield the prospering agricultural peoples of the Middle East from devastating raids of nomadic tribes from the steppes of South-Eastern Europe.  


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