Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The biggest archaeological site in Central Asia, Merv played an important part in the versatile Silk Road exchange for more than 2 000 years. Within the limits of the archaeological park, which is 1200 ha, a visitor can walk through all constituent parts of the “wandering city”. A series of adjacent cities, which can be roughly divided into the ancient (Erk Kala and Gyaur Kala), medieval (Sultan Kala with its suburbs), and post-medieval (Abdulla-Khan Kala and Bayram-Ali-Khan Kala), appeared in the course of time as a token of the natural progress of Merv from initial stages of its existence to more advanced levels. Besides remnants of the ancient city, is also famous for its VI-IX cc. AD forts of Big and Little Kyz-Kalas, excellent examples of the so-called corrugated Koshks; for the splendid XII c. mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd, demonstrating exquisite Seljuk period brickwork and architectural décor.

Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv
Ancient Merv