• Short Summary

    The city of Derbent in the Soviet Autonomous Republic of Daghestan has been in existence for more than one thousand, five hundred years and today is protected by the Government as an outstanding example of ancient architecture.

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    The city of Derbent in the Soviet Autonomous Republic of Daghestan has been in existence for more than one thousand, five hundred years and today is protected by the Government as an outstanding example of ancient architecture.

    SYNOPSIS: Historians believe that it came into existence around the year 438 A.D. Its name is of Persian origin and means "gateway". During the fifth and sixth centuries extensive defensive works were completed -- among them two parallel walls three kilometres (1.8 miles) apart running inland from the Caspian Sea.

    These walls, more than 40 kilometres (24.8 miles) long, ended at the Naryn-Kala stronghold. Derbent fortress itself stands in the narrow passage between the Caucasus mountains and the Caspian Sea -- on an important and strategic trade route from Europe to Asia. In the past it came under attack at frequent intervals and was often beseiged.

    There are records of eighth century invasions, when Arabs poisoned they city's water and the people were forced to open the gates. But today it stands as a tranquil monument to the skills of a bygone age.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6HEG2KTBUYSF7BAWLJPEL0U3
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6HEG2KTBUYSF7BAWLJPEL0U3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/10/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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