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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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  • A city that in its day was as important as the Egypt of the Pharaohs or the legendary Mesopotamia. It is world heritage of Unesco since 1999 and the ancient city of Merv for 4000 years. It is worth crossing these roads impossible to get here. If you like ruins, the history, you'll love the mausoleum of sultan Sanjar, with its star of eight points in the vault and which then serve as a national emblem or icon that would extend to the whole country. Sarianidi Explorer was who unearthed the lost wonders of ancient Margush, Zoroastrian land territory or followers of Zarathustra, Kanto left that scene when the Murghāb River drastically changed its course. The strength of women or Kyz Kala, whose singular formation corrugated in its stone facade has kept it in good condition despite the inexorable passage of the centuries is also well curious
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  • Somewhere in the middle of nowhere very fascinating. If you like the ruins and arrive where nobody fails, they you will love these ruins of ancient fortresses, temples, castles of sand that have survived the scourge of the times. 4000 years of history, in the delta of the Murghāb River, emerged this enclave, mysterious and magical at the same time. It is world heritage of Unesco since 1999. Many fascinating mausoleums, such as the sultan Sanjar, of the century XI-XII, or the strength of the women of the century 6 BC, the period of the sassanians. Its particular design of corrugation has avoided that it disappears, has managed to continue there, unharmed, defying the elements.
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  • If we go to Mary as a tourist it is first to see the ancient Merv, the modern city of Mary has very little interest. Ancient Merv, is more than 2,000 years of history; certainly there is much to see, but there is the SITE and it's always good to feel a site. And then, between the Achaemenids memories, then Nestorian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim citadels, the mausoleums in the medieval Citadel, including the imposing mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, the "flags" to "embossed" walls, inside there is really not what bored... as long as you have well prepared his visit or be in good company.
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Where to stay in Mary

Arguably the best accommodations in Mary sit on or near the banks of the Murgab River. Hotels in this area offer comfortable rooms with modern furniture, plus access to additional facilities like fitness centers and pools. Less expensive and less comfortable, hotels in Soviet-era buildings feature basic rooms and very few--if any--amenities. Unimproved and relatively neglected, these establishments generally only offer hot water early in the morning and late in the evening.
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