Janpik - Kala fortress
The ancient settlement of Janpik-kala is one of the most picturesque monuments of the right bank of the Amu Darya. Once in the Middle Ages it was a port city, which had extensive trade links with various Eastern and Western countries. The ancient settlement is located in 6 km southeast of the village of Karatau in the spurs of the Sultanuizdag ridge.
The date of the last living Janpik-kala, dates by the scientists from1345 to 1346, on the basis of discovered coins. The age of the most ancient ceramics found by archaeologists is from 4 to 1century BC, which allows us to assert that people start to inhabit there from the same time.
To date, only the pakhsa walls of the citadel have survived, which was located in the eastern part of the settlement, which supposedly had a complex configuration. Fragments of its walls are decorated with closed semicolumns, crowned with stepped arches. During the archaeological excavations in the fortress numerous artifacts were brought from various countries of the world: China, India, Egypt, Russia, Europe.