Marco Polo's father Niccolò and his uncle Matteo reached Khubilai Khan's court in late 1265 or early 1266.
According to Marco Polo's account, Khubilai seemed intrigued by his visitors
and inquired about their monarchs, their system of justice, and Christianity.
On their departure, Khubilai asked them to return with 100 learned Christians
to assist in the conversion of his subjects to Christianity. Though Khubilai's
mother Sorghaghtani Beki was a Nestorian Christian, it appears that he
was more interested in recruiting learned and skilled administrators to
help him rule his domain in China.
In this Western depiction of Khubilai greeting the brothers Niccolò and Matteo, the Mongol emperor appears as a Caucasian-European monarch.
On the question of whether Marco Polo really ever
"Did Marco Polo Really Go To China?" by Morris Rossabi