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Parthian Settlement of Nisa

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Address: Village of Bagyr, Ashgabat 744000, Turkmenistan

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This is a UNESCO site of the ancient Parthian Kingdom of Nisa. Nisa was ruled by a succession of dynasties, it remained an important center of the ancient world until the 13th... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
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New Delhi, India
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542 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a different feeling to be there at Nisa where flourished one of the most important city of the world as it was more than 2,000 years ago. Here at Nisa, which has remains of the old and the new Nisa was a capital city of the Parthian Kingdom. They conserve the unexcavated remains of an ancient civilization which... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting to see but very limited, no signs or literature to explain history. You are going to need privet transportation to get there and there is a small entrance fee, very informal process and must be conducted in Turkmen or Russian language. The kind elderly gentlemen manning the post does not speak others languages

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is a UNESCO site of the ancient Parthian Kingdom of Nisa. Nisa was ruled by a succession of dynasties, it remained an important center of the ancient world until the 13th century, when the Mongols sacked. Today archaeological work continues at Nisa. I completely agree with the other reviewers that you need a good guide to really understand and... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I totally agree with CenturyTravel's review. You need a guide to appreciate what you are seeing, and there is a Russian archaeologist (who worked on the site) available. We came with our own guide. Do visit the National Museum to see what was uncovered here. On site there is one room where you see the edge of a frieze. When... More 

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San Mateo, California
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

You need a guide to put this archeological site into the proper perspective. You will see walls and foundations that are hard to interpret because the signs only give you so much information. There is an archeologist on site willing to give tours which was arranged for us by our national group tour guide. The National Museum of History displays... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Fascinating ruins in a spectacular location. Large area, not well signposted so you need a guide. Could do with a toilet!

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 September 2016

A must visit place in Turkmenistan. We did not find any English speakers, only Russian and Turkmen. You will have to pay an entrance fee but is not written anywhere so you will need to ask the guard if you don't have a guide with you. We where able to bring a small pick nick with us and watch the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Long, interesting history. Well organized path to view it. Not a difficult walk. Excellent photo ops along the way.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

This site has a few good parts, but generally, you need a great guide and a vivid imagination. You walk around ruins and see some parts that you can understand, but most of this site is speculation. After touring Uzbekistan, where the sights are amazing, the old sights in Turkmenistan are just "so so."

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Salida, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

There is not too much to look at here but what remains is amazingly old. To think that a portion of column from 250 BC remains and is original is really amazing

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