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Ancient Merv

Mary, Turkmenistan
+993 12 95-75-00
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Vast ancient city

In it's heyday Merv was the most important oasis-city in Central Asia, situated on the Silk Road... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
simply-peregrinating
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Burnley, United Kingdom
Wonderful to be able to see the archeology

The place is open and you can wander over ancient sites with no one telling you where you can go... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Clarky57
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York, United Kingdom
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The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
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  • Average14%
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Mary, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

In it's heyday Merv was the most important oasis-city in Central Asia, situated on the Silk Road. People started to live there in 3rd millennium BC but it wasn't until the 6th century BC that the first city of Merv was founded. It is an...More

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

The place is open and you can wander over ancient sites with no one telling you where you can go. There is plenty of pottery shards and even coins can be found on the surface from the 3rd century BC

Thank Clarky57
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

You need a knowledgeable guide and a car, as it is a vast site with much to look at. The centuries roll back to the time when Turkmenistan was at the centre of the known world. Not to be missed.

Thank stickybowl
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

We took 3.5 hours to visit the main areas of this massive archeological site. The ruins of the ancient civilisations are amazing and incredibly photogenic. There is an amazing amount of history here , culminating in Merv’s ultimate demise at the hands of Ghengis Khan....More

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Mevr and the even older nearby Margush have an incredible potential. There is still so much more to be unearthed and preserved. It is so sad to see these sites abandoned by the locals and totally ignored by the world. Go, visit, learn and share!...More

Thank ffrige
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Merv is one of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkmenistan and has been since 1999. It was a major oasis-city in Central Asia strategically placed on the Silk Road. A legend exists that Alexander the Great visited the city in the 3rd century BC,...More

1  Thank Queenscout
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

If you are in Turkmenistan, definitely visit Mary or Merv. It's amazing. The entire compound takes about 3 - 5 hour to visit because it includes many stops. If you just want to stop, take pictures, and move on to the next thing, then 3...More

2  Thank Geminican
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Come early and you will have the site to yourselves. You do need a car as the site is enormous. Well worth seeing - but make sure that you either have a good guide or have read about it beforehand. In the 12th century Merv...More

1  Thank global-traveller48
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

I am not a 'ruins type', but thought Merv was excellent. There was more than I expected to see, and the history is fascinating.

Thank Lovetravel02
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We did a part of a day out at Ancient Merv and the impressive ruins of that once great city. What remains 2500+ years after it was founded is still quite something to see, the walls in parts, even though quite eroded by time and...More

2  Thank JGDynamo
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