The One True Silk Road


From Xi’an to Kashgar, from Almaty to Ashkabad, through the Caucuses to Europe, the ancient collection of trade routes known as the Silk Road served as the commercial heart of the medieval world. Modern travelers see its echoes everywhere – in caravansaries, some in ruins, some converted to boutique hotels – in modern souks built on ancient trading sites, and in countless strategically placed statues of camels and turbaned drivers.

So imagine my surprise at discovering at the ruined city of Ani, in the far northeastern corner of Turkey, that the Silk Road actually has a sign post!

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