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Parthian Settlement of Nisa, Ashgabat

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Discovered beneath the parched landscape, Parthian Settlement of Nisa allows visitors to explore the remnants of one of the most important cities of the Parthian Empire, a major power between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE. The site, probably founded by Parthian ruler Arsaces, contained a fortress that served as either a royal residence or mausoleum. Although most uncovered artifacts have been moved to museums, exploring the site still gives an evocative look at the preserved, decorated structures of an advanced civilization. Be sure to bring refreshments, a hat, and sunscreen, as the striking landscape is very exposed and there are few facilities and less shade here. Put Parthian Settlement of Nisa at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ashgabat vacation route planner.
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  • Go here almost every year for the past 12 years. Out of nothing (previously there were only a few walls and part of the columns) to recreate the whole town. All would be nothing, but looking through old photo, noticed that the city has changed and there are new cul-de-sacs, rooms, etc. I don't think this meets the authentic plan. Plus everywhere stand metal drums, plastic pipes protrude from buildings. One room (part) allocated under the rubble that remained after the reconstruction. It is a pity that do all of mind and could not. But what does not take away from this place is some kind of magic. Magic. The building is located in a very beautiful place, with incredibly beautiful view of the city of Ashgabat. In the later time of day you can enjoy the quiet, just sitting in the hills outside Nisou. Because the place is very old-I advise to visit it all in Turkmenistan, closing his eyes to some nuances.
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  • The place could be a must-see due to it's history but it is full of trash everywhere, lacks any signs, newly constructed walls are neighbouring the old ones and so on.  more »
  • NISA is places with greater archaeological value of Turkmenitan, along with Merv and Kun' has Urgench. You should go. But don't expect to see great buildings, but being in a place that had a lot of history.
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