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Merv

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The 7th Century tombs are still places of pilgrimage for the Turkmen people today
The 7th Century tombs are still places of pilgrimage for the Turkmen people today
Panorama of the massive Seljuk city walls of Soltankala
Panorama of the massive Seljuk city walls of Soltankala
The walls didn't stop the Mongols who destroyed Merv in 1221
The walls didn't stop the Mongols who destroyed Merv in 1221
Each pile of dirt is an unexcavated ruin
Each pile of dirt is an unexcavated ruin
Southeast corner of the Soltankala, Merv
Southeast corner of the Soltankala, Merv
The oldest of Merv's 4 ancient walled cities - the Erk Kala seen from within the 2nd city, the Giaur Kala (Gäwürgala)
The oldest of Merv's 4 ancient walled cities - the Erk Kala seen from within the 2nd city, the Giaur Kala (Gäwürgala)
The Erk Kala was founded by the Achaemenids in the 6th C. BC
The Erk Kala was founded by the Achaemenids in the 6th C. BC
Alexander the Great renamed it after himself, Alexandria Margiana
Alexander the Great renamed it after himself, Alexandria Margiana
The massive walls of the Erk Kala were over 25m tall
The massive walls of the Erk Kala were over 25m tall
An interesting bush at Merv which changes color with the seasons
An interesting bush at Merv which changes color with the seasons
Erk Kala, the Citadel, 6th C. BC
Erk Kala, the Citadel, 6th C. BC
Path leading up the worn out walls of the Erk Kala
Path leading up the worn out walls of the Erk Kala
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