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Address: Mary, Turkmenistan

The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and...

The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Merv was in ancient times an important way station on the Great Silk Road between the 2nd and the 13th centuries, when it was sacked by the Mongols. These ancient ruins... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

ancient merv, you will see castles of thousands years old. you fill yourself in the very past once you get in.

Thank murichello
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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237 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Ancient ruined city situated on the silk road dating from the 4th century, sacked by Genghis Khan in the 13th century and then abandoned. The ancient city is surrounded by a mud wall which surrounds a huge area. A lot of the city is lost and you will definitely need a car, and an English speaking guide (or other as... More 

1 Thank MartinBaxter58
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Merv was in ancient times an important way station on the Great Silk Road between the 2nd and the 13th centuries, when it was sacked by the Mongols. These ancient ruins fascinating and well worth a visit. The views from one of the peaks is spectacular. You can almost feel the history. Merv is located about 22 miles from the... More 

Thank bobca1947
Tel Aviv, Israel
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Merv is a long and bumpy ride from Mary but definitely worth it. I am a history buff and had read an amazing book about Central Asia and its contribution to medieval knowledge. Merv played a central role and at one time (12c) had over a million inhabitants. The Mongols brought it to ruin and the town was built using... More 

1 Thank Jacqui L
Varna Province, Bulgaria
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My advice is to visit ancient Margush town, 3 hours driving form Mary. This is 5th ancient civilization. Spent one day to go there and you wont regret.

Thank Plamen U
Salida, Colorado
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394 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

This place is as old as dirt but still inspires by thinking about what went on here so long ago. Some restoration has happened and it appears to be well looked after. There is a small fee for camera use.

Thank climber_in_CH
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Ok it is a bit disappointing seen that little is left and that UNESCO takes a very long time to reconstruct the site. But the surrounding desert landscape is absolutely beautiful. Do not miss to climb the hill to get a great view of the full site. Even by 48 degrees (as I experienced it in July) with a hot... More 

Thank incahueca
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We drove for a long time and arrived at this ancient site. We were shown various antiquities, but after being in Uzbekistan and visiting beautiful reconstructed sites, these were very disappointing. The palace was a series of eroding pillars and if you do not have a good imagination, and a good guide, you would never know what was there. We... More 

Thank stevesol6718
Westlake Village, California
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

It was a wet muddy morning when we arrived. The ruins are too far gone for anything to see besides a few rocks. You need a serious sense of imagination to even try to picture what life could have been like.

1 Thank horse54
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

Actually setting foot in this place is a wonder. You can walk around and touch a true ancient civilization. A guide makes this a much better experience.

Thank Mike T

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