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Address: Mary, Turkmenistan
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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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Interesting place where the silk road passed long time ago.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Plamen U
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Varna Province, Bulgaria
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Varna Province, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Ok it is a bit disappointing seen that little is left and that UNESCO takes a very long time to reconstruct the site. But the surrounding desert landscape is absolutely beautiful. Do not miss to climb the hill to get a great view of the full site. Even by 48 degrees (as I experienced it in July) with a hot... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We drove for a long time and arrived at this ancient site. We were shown various antiquities, but after being in Uzbekistan and visiting beautiful reconstructed sites, these were very disappointing. The palace was a series of eroding pillars and if you do not have a good imagination, and a good guide, you would never know what was there. We... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

It was a wet muddy morning when we arrived. The ruins are too far gone for anything to see besides a few rocks. You need a serious sense of imagination to even try to picture what life could have been like.

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Thank horse54
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Actually setting foot in this place is a wonder. You can walk around and touch a true ancient civilization. A guide makes this a much better experience.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Very interesting but be prepared for ruins unrestored. Need car to see sites. Some claiming to get to top of mounds.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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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