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Ancient Merv, Mary

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Explore the mysterious ruins of the former Gate to Central Asia at Ancient Merv, the oldest and best preserved oasis city on the Silk Road, and a World Heritage Site. Spanning 4,000 years of human history, the archeological site has a walled area covering 20 ha (49 ac). Claimed to have been the largest city in the world in the 12th century, the ancient metropolis has layers of civilizations, including Persian, Hellenic, Arab, Seljuk, Mongol, and Khiva, with the most intriguing stone structure being the Zoroastrian "gawurgala," or infidel’s fortress. Located near the Murghab River some 30 km (19 mi) west of Mary, the site also features a well-preserved mausoleum of a Seljuk sultan. To get a greater sense of the history, hire a local guide, who'll help you make sense of these massive eroding pillars and abandoned stone structures. Add Ancient Merv to your Mary travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mary vacation trip planner.
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  • We visited Merv as part of a tour in April 2015 which I forgot to review, but little will have changed, although excavation are carried out annually. Complete walled circuits of ancient towns, especia...  more »
  • ancient merv, you will see castles of thousands years old. you fill yourself in the very past once you get in.  more »
  • 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...  more »