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Visiting the top of Turkmenistan and the Kunya-Urgench complex/municipality whatever you want to call it is an archaeologists dream with a mass of mausoleums, old town ruins, the tallest minaret in Central Asia all encompassed in one large place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site....More
the sights outside are nice though ideally visites with a guide that can talk a bit more about what you see. the city itself is a dusty, ugly border town with no restaurants and only one hotel that is extremely shaby (hotel urgenc). dont stay...More
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...More
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...More
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.
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...More
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...More
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...More