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Karakorum

While the area around Karakorum has long been inhabited, for much of its history, it was home only to settlements of wandering nomads and their livestock. However, following the unification of the Mongols by Genghis Khan, Karakorum slowly came into its own right as a city. Later, at the height of the Mongol Empire, which spanned much of the Eurasian landmass, Karakorum was visited by numerous envoys, including William of Rubruck, dispatched by the Catholic Pope, and who popularized a cosmopolitan, urbane vision of the city, famously writing of a silver tree which sat in the palace of the reigning khan.

Sadly, while Karakorum was destroyed by Chinese troops in 1388, a series of scattered ruins remain, testifying to the former grandeur of the city. Additionally, under previous Mongolian prime ministers, parts of Karakorum, including the monastery of Erdene Zhuu, were rebuilt. Today, Karakorum, as a part of the nearby Orkhon River Valley, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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