Mary

Overview

Introduction

Mary (pop. 95,000) is an oasis and cotton-growing center on the Murghab River. According to tradition, the region around Mary was the original Paradise, though it hardly resembles paradise today. The main (and perhaps only) reason to go to Mary is to see the nearby ruins of ancient Merv. The archaeological site covers a huge area and several different periods. Dating back 4,000 years, it's one of the oldest Silk Road cities and the best historical site in Turkmenistan. Highlights include the impressive 12th-century mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, the Ark (citadel) and several sections of the ancient walls. We recommend you hire a guide when visiting the site.

Before or after you visit Merv, be sure to stop by the Historical Museum in Mary, which has a nice model of Merv and artifacts found there. Mary's Hame-dani Mosque is also interesting, and there's a Sunday market on the edge of town, with lots of carpets. 190 mi/300 km east of Ashgabat.

Request Full Destination Guide

To request access to the full version of this destination guide, please provide your email address below. Your email address will only be used for verification purposes and will not be used for marketing purposes.

Email Address  


  Copyright ©2019 Northstar Travel Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.
   
 
  
 
  Your Travel Specialist
 
  Terra Star Travel
800-527-8980
Email: Tami@cruisingluxury.com

7461 North First St, Suite 102
Fresno, California 93720
www.cruisingluxury.com