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. To visit Parthian Settlement of Nisa on your holiday in Ashgabat, and find out what else Ashgabat has to offer, use our Ashgabat day trip planner.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I really enjoyed this short taxi ride from the city. I went late afternoon and had the place to myself. The history is amazing and though not much is left standing it still is enough to stir the imagi...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Quite interesting antique site (first settlements of Ashgabad) at 18 km from the citycenter - interesting if you combine it with the National Museum of History  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    You do need a bit of imagination here to see what the site would have looked like before Genghis Khan and his army destroyed it. However, it really is essential to visit it if you want to know about T...  more »

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