Travels and Researches in Asia Minor, Mesopotamia...


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Author  William Francis Ainsworth
Publication Date   March 4, 2012
ISBN  1130795225
Pages  100

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 Excerpt: ...mound, evidently the site of a former defensive castle, and there was a curious upright stone upon a hill to the left. At our exit from the pass, the Great Salt Lake itself opened before us in all its magnitude and splendour. The view, although perhaps wanting wood, was beautiful from its vastness. Narrow at the north, where it FIRST VIEW OF THE GREAT SALT LAKE. 185 was backed by low hills, the lake subsequently expanded almost beyond the reach of the eye, was then lost for a moment behind the hills which rise upon the plain beyond Koch Hisar, and re-appeared to the south as a wide expanse of water backed by lofty snow-clad mountains. The memory of our troubles of the few days past vanished before this magnificent prospect;--we felt ourselves braced for new researches, anxious to tread the circumference of this great inland lake, and grateful to the Society which had thus given us the opportunity of exploring what had possessed a just celebrity from a remote antiquity, yet which but a few years back it was hardly known where to place on the map. Koch Hisar (Ram's Casfle). Legend of a Mohammedan Girl. Kurd Migrations. Saline marshes and lakes. The Rock Pass. Peace Mount--Ruins of Congusta. Mohammedan Theological Students. Ruins of Perta. The Sultan's Khan. Seljukiyan Sultans. Broken-down Tatar. The Great Salt Lake. Extent, Characters, and Animals. Ak Serai (the "White Palace). Saracenic Architecture. Koch Hisar (Ram's Castle) is a ruin which occupies the top of a hill, nearly isolated from the remainder of the range in which it occurs, and which commanded, in former times, the entrance to the pass of Kazi Uyuk, and defended the town or village which is now called after the castle itself. In the present day only the foundations of the castle remain, with...

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