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From a thousand years ago

Not much is left of the ancient city but several monumental buildings survive in the necropolis... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Huge ruins forming 1999 UNESCO "Ancient Merv".

Our group took a 6:15 AM flight from Ashgabat to Mary, then bused 40 KM to this extended... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gene J
Silver Spring, Maryland
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The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
Mary, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Not much is left of the ancient city but several monumental buildings survive in the necropolis. Mausoleums or madrassahs depending on interpretations. A pilgrimage mosque is part of the site. Buildings are scattered along an asphalt road with stops.

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group took a 6:15 AM flight from Ashgabat to Mary, then bused 40 KM to this extended archaeological site. The bus followed the snaking paved road, stopping at the various points. High points were the 9th C Greater and Lessor Kyz Kala, the Two...More

Thank Gene J
Reviewed 8 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 30 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
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
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

Thank Elizabeth_and_David
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
Reviewed 21 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
Reviewed 29 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
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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Response from Clarky57 | Reviewed this property |
Probably a whole day