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Address: Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan

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Brilliant archaeological site

We travelled here from Dashoguz, not too long a journey on a good road. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well deserves that appellation. In the middle ages this site used... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Jacqui L
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We travelled here from Dashoguz, not too long a journey on a good road. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and well deserves that appellation. In the middle ages this site used to be known as Gurganj and was the capital of Central Asia after Merv fell. I'll go over the various monuments separately but in summary there is... More 

Thank Jacqui L
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

Although this is one of the lesser heralded ancient cities in Central Asia, we found the area absolutely fascinating. The mosques and attendant buildings are very well-preserved. However, we were thankful that we had our excellent Stantours guide, Oleg, on hand to add some historical notes and color to the gorgeous ruins. There are well-maintained walkways between the key buildings,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

Surprisingly well-preserved area, iin the middle of a desert, with walking paths taking visitors up close to the buildings Visit the mausoleum. Can get rather punishingly sunny, bring sunglasses.

Thank stpn_fz
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Reviewed 28 November 2015

Fascinating old buidings and setting. The area is spread out so having a car helps. Can be busy and hot so choose your time to go.

Thank ninebanks
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

This area which makes it fascinating. The old mosque was spared by mister Dzenghis Khan himself and the inside is fascinating to watch. Also the largest ancient minaret in Central asia can be found here.

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

Is it really worth the effort of travelling miles to visit a place which has barely anything of archaeological/architectural significance? If you are genuinely interested in Timur, and what a desolated city looks like, it is probably worth the trip, but if you are thinking of going there especially from say Ashgabat, you may not find it worthwhile. We were... More 

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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 20 June 2015

A visit to Kunya-Urgench is very worthwhile. We have visited the site in May in about 2 ½ hours. Some comments and suggestions: 1. The UNESO-site of Kunya-Urgench is divided in two locations. There is quite a distance between those locations. The first area is rather large. Use of a taxi is highly recommended. 2. The first area is not... More 

5 Thank MarcelTraveller
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 19 May 2015

Even after seeing the impressive medressas in Uzbekistan, this site will surprise you as it's much much older. It consists of several interesting places - a mausoleum, medressa, minaret and some other shrines. It's quite extensive, so prepare to do some walking. It was quite windy in March, warm clothing is highly recommended.

2 Thank Tinde_K
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Reviewed 11 December 2014

These buildings/monuments are one of the oldest in Turkmenistan. Its from 12-13th century. There are two locations to visit, the one is inside the town and other one at town exit road.

Thank Рахим М
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Reviewed 23 September 2014 via mobile

This place is in any tourist itinary.You may be with any travel company they will take you there.You need half a day. If you are crossing the boarder to Uzbeckistan, the travel agent will take you here and then drive you to the boarder.Slightly differnt from other sights.

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