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Address: Mary, Turkmenistan
Description: The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and...
The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2014
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Ashgabat Turkmenistan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure you have a tour guide. The additional information we got from our guide made the trip even better. If you are local Turkman, it is free. If you live and work in Turkmenistan, is is 1 Manat. If you are a foreigner, it is 20 Manat. Go to the bathroom before you go, as the only toilets are... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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275 reviews 275 reviews
155 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It would pretty much be a loss to come to Turkmenistan and not visit this site. We had our personal guide here, Oleg, from Stan Tours, who had great enthusiasm and knowledge of this site, which he was able to impart to us. Considering how old and how many times it's been overrun and destroyed, it's amazing there is anything... More 

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EU
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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61 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
26 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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