Por- Bajin, an ancient fortress–or Por-Bazhyn, has historians and Putin completely baffled. No one is absolutely sure why this 1,300-year-old, mystifying fortress was built on a distant Siberian island, nor why it was abandoned.
Experts are left with mixed views.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has visited the mysterious island with Prince Albert of Monaco and stated: “I have been to many places, I have seen many things, but I have never seen anything of the kind.”
This mysterious fortress that was discovered a century ago in distant Siberia called Por-Bajin continues to misty experts and world leaders.
At the first sight, this mystery island gives an impression of a rectangular fortress or prison in ruins.
Built some 1,300 years ago, no one is quite sure what the rectangular-shaped island and its labyrinthine ruins were used for, nor why it was abandoned.
Nor a single theory put the scientists and historians on a way to a common thinking. Some believe that the isolated fortress was created in the distant past to attract people there—and not a prison—and was probably used as a monastery, a religion retreat or even as an ancient astronomical observatory.
Por-Bajin means ‘clay house’ in the Tuvan language, and sits between the Sayan and Altain ranges and is located nearly 4,000 kilometers from Moscow.
It’s location was first uncovered in 1891, and since it’s discovery experts have failed to understand its true purpose.
In 2007, experts decided to visit the island and take a closer look. Clay tablets of human feet, ancient drawings on the walls and MASSIVE gates were discovered by the scientists.
They believe that the mystifying island was created during the period of the Uighur Khaganate (744-840 AD) however no one knows the exact reason why it was built.
Furthermore, what baffles experts even more is that fact that the island was built in an extremely solitary place, and it’s location is distanced away from bigger settlements and ancient trade routes.
Scientists have concluded that based on the way the island was built and taking in count the materials used, ancient Chinese architectural tradition is present.
Even though Por-Bajin is believed to date back at least 1,300 years, many of the walls are intact and extremely well-preserved. The main structure on the island—positioned in the inner courtyard—is separated into two parts and is covered by a tiled roof walkway which is held by 36 massive wooden columns placed on stone bases.
The design, its purpose, and practically everything about the island is a mystery.
Experts have no clue why it was built, but an even greater mystery is why it was abandoned.
Scientists have noticed that there is a lack of heating on the island, even though it is located in Siberia and endures periods of extremely harsh weather. The Island is located over 7,000 above sea level.
As noted by the Siberian Times, “…what puzzles the experts, however, is the lack of rudimentary heating systems, particularly given that Por-Bajin sits at 2,300metres above sea level and endures harsh Siberian weather.”
Some experts are convinced that the ancient ruins are reminiscent of China’s ‘Forbidden City’.
Professor Heinrich Härke, a specialist in early medieval archaeology said that the layout of the site, which is similar to an imperial ‘Forbidden City’, and the techniques which are used for the wall and roof construction are reminiscent of Tang Dynasty ritual architecture of AD 618–907. This led many to conclude that perhaps Chinese architects and builders were directly involved in the construction of this complex.
However, there are someone who does not share the same opinion.
The island was even visited by Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was accompanied by Prince Albert of Monaco.
Commenting on the mysterious island, Mr. Putin said: “I have been to many places, I have seen many things, but I have never seen anything of the kind.”