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Merv is ancient

We did a part of a day out at Ancient Merv and the impressive ruins of that once great city. What... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JGDynamo
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Moncton, Canada
Merv

What an amazing place! The ruins are incredible. You can almost see how after the journey on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cottagechris
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“silk road” (7 reviews)
“long time” (4 reviews)
“ancient city” (3 reviews)
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Mary, Turkmenistan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a part of a day out at Ancient Merv and the impressive ruins of that once great city. What remains 2500+ years after it was founded is still quite something to see, the walls in parts, even though quite eroded by time and...More

1  Thank JGDynamo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place! The ruins are incredible. You can almost see how after the journey on the ancient silk road, how wonderful it would be to see this city full of riches and water. Try and visit the museum if you can. You need...More

1  Thank cottagechris
Reviewed June 17, 2017

A main reason for visiting Turkmenistan is to visit the ruins of the great Silk Road city of Merv--and the site does not disappoint. Noted above all for its large fortress with "stovepipe-type" walls (an architectural style not known elsewhere), which is featured in most...More

2  Thank LottyToronto
Reviewed May 11, 2017

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, especially ones built of mudbrick are not common, yet amazingly, there ar...More

1  Thank Rod F
Reviewed February 14, 2017

ancient merv, you will see castles of thousands years old. you fill yourself in the very past once you get in.

Thank murichello
Reviewed October 27, 2016

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 huge area. A lot of the city is lost...More

1  Thank MartinBaxter58
Reviewed October 14, 2016

Merv was in ancient times an important way station on the Great Silk Road between the 2nd and the 13th centuries, when it was sacked by the Mongols. These ancient ruins fascinating and well worth a visit. The views from one of the peaks is...More

Thank bobca1947
Reviewed October 14, 2016

Merv is a long and bumpy ride from Mary but definitely worth it. I am a history buff and had read an amazing book about Central Asia and its contribution to medieval knowledge. Merv played a central role and at one time (12c) had over...More

1  Thank Jacqui L
Reviewed September 13, 2016

My advice is to visit ancient Margush town, 3 hours driving form Mary. This is 5th ancient civilization. Spent one day to go there and you wont regret.

Thank Plamen U
Reviewed August 6, 2016

This place is as old as dirt but still inspires by thinking about what went on here so long ago. Some restoration has happened and it appears to be well looked after. There is a small fee for camera use.

Thank climber_in_CH
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