Koi Krylgan Kala

Koi Krylgan Kala
Koi Krylgan Kala (reconstruction).jpg
Koi Krylgan Kala (reconstruction)
Koi Krylgan Kala is located in West and Central Asia
Koi Krylgan Kala
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Koi Krylgan Kala is located in Uzbekistan
Koi Krylgan Kala
Koi Krylgan Kala (Uzbekistan)
Alternative nameKoi Krylgan Kala
LocationKarakalpakstan, Uzbekistan
Coordinates41°45′18.77″N 61°7′1.22″E / 41.7552139°N 61.1170056°E / 41.7552139; 61.1170056
PeriodsParthian, Sasanian
Site notes
Excavation dates1938

Koi Krylgan Kala (Uzbek: Qoʻyqirilgan qalʼa; Russian: Кой-Крылган-Кала) is an archaeological site located outside the village of Taza-Kel'timinar in the Ellikqal'a District (Uzbek: Ellikqalʼa tumani; Russian: Элликкалинский район) in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic of Uzbekistan. In ancient times, it was sited along a canal in the Oxus delta region.

There is some relationship between Koi Krylgan Kala and Toprak-Kala, 30 km to the northwest.[1] It is a temple complex of the Chorasmian Dynasty, an Iranian people who ruled the area of Khwarezm. It was built in the 4th-3rd century BCE.[2] The Apa-Saka tribe destroyed it c. 200 BCE, but later it was rebuilt into a settlement, which lasted until c. 400 CE.[3] It was discovered in 1938 by Sergey Pavlovitch Tolstov, leader of the Chorasmian Archaeological-Ethnological Expedition. It contained a Mazdian fire temple and was decorated with frescos of wine consumption.

The explorer Sergey Tolstov drew a reconstruction of the ancient fortress.[4]


  1. ^ Welcome to Uzbekistan, 1997
  2. ^ KIDD, F.; CLEARY, M. NEGUS; YAGODIN, V. N.; BETTS, A.; BRITE, E. BAKER (2004). "Ancient Chorasmian Mural Art". Bulletin of the Asia Institute. 18: 77. ISSN 0890-4464. JSTOR 24049142.
  3. ^ Eshan 1983,1136
  4. ^ Jettmar, Karl (1967). "The Middle Asiatic Heritage of Dardistan. (Islamic Collective Tombs in Punyal and Their Background)" (PDF). East and West. 17 (1/2): 59–82, Fig. 10. ISSN 0012-8376. JSTOR 29755106.


  • Yar-Shater, Ehsan (1983). The Cambridge history of Iran. Cambridge University Press. pp. 1488 pages. ISBN 0-521-24693-8.
  • Eduljee, K. E. (2007). "Zoroastrian Heritage". Heritage Institute. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
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