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Experts still divided over mysterious 1,300-year-old fortress-like structure located on island in middle of lake.
With its island location and towering square walls that were once impenetrable, it looks at first glance to be an ancient fortress or kremlin to keep out enemies. Others believe the 1,300-year-old structure in rural Siberia has more mystical properties and might have been a summer palace, monastery, or even an astronomical observatory.
Archaeologists found clay tablets of human feet, faded coloured drawings on the plaster of the walls, giant gates and fragments of burnt wood. But nothing yet has provided a definitive answer as to why the structure was built, and excavation work continues.
originally posted by: IkNOwSTuff
From the 2nd pic it looks kinda chinese, I'm curious why they chose to represent it that way.
Could be some sort of Chinese outpost or trade center maybe?
Are/were there any exploitable resources in the area?
Look likes a Summer Palace or Buddhist temple.
originally posted by: DigitalJedi805
Anyone find this on any satellite imagery yet? I just spent a minute looking around the supposed area and am yet to pinpoint it.
Very cool stuff though; I'd like to pay a visit myself