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Ancient Merv

Address: Mary, Turkmenistan
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Mary
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Wow, I feel so honoured for being able to visit this Unesco site. The idea that thousands and thousands of years ago people were already living in settlements, with ideas about religion and a certain social structure, while 'we in Europe" were (so to speak) covered in animal furs. Amazing. Hope to come back when more is uncovered.

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New York City, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
56 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The site is undergoing much needed preservation so that it looks in places a construction site. However the over all scope of this city is impressive. The key is a knowledgeable guide to explain the history

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194 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you are in Mary, this is the place to spend little time.You can cover the full area on less than half a day.Most are really destoryed.Now they are renovating and excavating.

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Monte Real, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I just discovered this when I was working in Mary. I thought in going alone, but I'm glad I gone with a group and with a local driver. The site is huge to visit by foot. And nobody speaks English. You can buy a book with all explanations (and good pictures) in English by 30 manat (10 dolars).

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

if you are interested in history or like to see places that are several thousands or hundreds years old? visit this place, which is 20 minutes drive from Mary city taxi won't cost you more than $20 in two sides.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This is an absolute must-see. I had not even heard of it before going to Turkmenistan, but its history is fascinating.

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Queensland, Australia
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26 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had an expert guide, Yevgenia, who brought the history of this fascinating part of the world to life for us.

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tehran
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

if you know about history of Merw and Importance in civilization. if you know about who lived this city and final of them, this place will be a Mysterious old city. I recommend to visit it of course after study about it and Along with a guide.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

The history of Merw is amazing, but you probably need a guide to make it come alive. Even though it was expensive for a budget traveller, I totally recommend to hire Yevgenia as a guide. She's the former deputy director of the Mary museum, very passionate about Merw and other archeological finds and she speaks excellent english. She's mentioned in... More 

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san francisco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

One can envision what life was like during the periods in which each of the successive cities on the site was existent. There isn't great detail of the structures, but the scale is impressive. I recommend it.

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