Through mid-nineteenth century Russian primary sources published by A. Mukhtorov, the author depicts the layout of the begs’ castle (Ura-Teppa), before dealing with the spatial organisation of pre-modern malls (gudhars), and domestic architecture of the city’s wealthy. The specificity of the ‘fire halls (‘alaw-khanas)’ usually constructed on one side of the mall’s or village’s mosque, in the region corresponding with ancient Ustrushana, is also stressed, as well as those of the public and private ‘guest halls (mihman-khanas)’, notably through their survival in the form of ‘discussion halls (gap-khana)’. See also: Marofiev S., “Fortifikatsiiai Mughteppa (asrhoi xviii – xix) [The Fortification of Mugh-Teppa (Eighteenth – Nineteenth Centuries)],” in ibid.: 62-3 (a short evocation of the walls, towers, and gates of the castle of Istrawshan [Ura-Teppa] during the century preceding the annexation of the city to Russia).

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CER: II-3.4.C-281