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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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Very interesting, but a long drive.

Lovely drive through the countryside, although very long for an hours viewing of Merv. I would recommend getting a guide, as there are no signposts or information on what you are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely drive through the countryside, although very long for an hours viewing of Merv. I would recommend getting a guide, as there are no signposts or information on what you are seeing... Although it was good to see.

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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A visit to Merv is very worthwhile. We have visited the site in about 4 hours, late in the afternoon. Some comments and suggestions: 1. The UNESO-site of Merv is divided in more locations. There is quite a distance between those locations. Use of a taxi is necessary/highly recommended. 2. The area is not only large, there is almost no... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Incredible in its size it comprises of many parts worth visiting. The guides will drive you through all stops, I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes as there are some dirt tracks you need to climb to get the lovely view. Watch out for wild camels roaming the desert!

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I have recently returned from a holiday in Turkmenistan. I must say it was a most enjoyable experience. Turkmenistan is a friendly and safe country with a lot to offer. The capital city of Ashgabat is amazing, there is no other city like it. Turkmenistan lies on the 'Old Silk Road' and it's wealth of well preserved UNESCO World Heritage... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The full extent and scale of Merv is difficult to appreciate at ground level.Hot air baloon flights would be incredible! You definitely need a car and someone who knows a little about the site. There is much to see, it is worth taking a little time to explore all of it.

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Ashgabat Turkmenistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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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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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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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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Address: Mary, Turkmenistan
Location: Asia  >  Turkmenistan  >  Mary Province  >  Mary

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