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Atil (Turkic for "Great River") was the capital of Khazaria from the middle of the 8th century until towards the end of the 10th century. The turkish Khazars adopted Judaism in the 8th century.

Atil was located along the Volga delta at the northwestern corner of the Caspian Sea. Atil was an administrative center with a court house and royal palace. The city was inhabited by Jews, Christians, Shamanists, and pagans and included many public baths and shops. It was joined by a bridge to an adjacent Muslim-dominated commercial city named Khazaran.

Alternative spelling: Itil.



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