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“Amazing ancient silk road city”
Review of Ancient Merv

Ancient Merv
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Mary
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Owner description: The old oasis-city has a fortress, mosques and mausoleum of the 11th and 12th centuries.
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 the lonely planet, but the phone numbers are wrong. The staff at motel Rahat were able to contact her.

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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.

1  Thank travelbug136
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

A huge site with ruins built by several ancients cultures. Alexander the great came here, and Genghis Khan butchered the inhabitants. A place with a wealth of history that fully deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status. Try to read up a little before you get there, to help understand the centuries of history & civilisations that inhabited the area.
Beware snakes in the brick work! And there are no facilities at all, so take water...it gets very hot.

3  Thank Electra88
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

The ancient monuments are in great shape and you can see the Turkmen govt has taken great pride in making this a top destination.

2  Thank seahawksteve
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

It is not redone like the places in Uzbekistan. It is interesting, there is a raised hill, where the very old town was, and some interesting buildings. The Great Kyx Kala was very interesting, unusual architecture.

2  Thank HnLA
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