Friday, 14 July 2017

The Tomb of Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan (c. 1162 – 18 August 1227), born Temüjin, was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest empire in history.

His empire lasted a century and a half and eventually covered nearly a quarter of the earth's surface. His murderous Mongol armies were responsible for the massacre of as many as 40 million people. Even today, his name remains a byword for brutality and terror.
The location of the tomb of Genghis Khan has been the object of much speculation and research. The site remains undiscovered.

In 2004, Genghis Khan's palace was discovered. The complex was found on a grassy steppe 150 miles east of the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator. Genghis Khan built the palace in the simple shape of a square tent attached to wooden columns on the site at around 1200.
Khan asked to be buried without markings. His body was returned to his birthplace in the Khentii Aimag, where many assume he is buried somewhere close to the Onon River.

According to one legend, the funeral escort killed anyone that crossed their path. After the tomb was completed, the slaves who built it were massacred, and the soldiers who killed them were also killed. Folklore says that a river was diverted over his grave to make it impossible to find.