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Ancient Merv Project

Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and modern landscape of Merv.
Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and modern landscape of Merv.


Ancient Merv, in modern-day Turkmenistan, is one of the most important cities along the Silk Roads of Central Asia. Founded around the 6th century BCE, it flourished as an administrative, trading, military & religious centre – becoming perhaps the third largest city in the world in the 10th century CE. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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