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Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan

Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan is part of the Tentative list of Turkmenistan in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Community Reviews

Clyde Malta 31-Jul-17

Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (T) by Clyde

I visited the silk road site of Anau in June 2017. Being relatively close to Ashgabat (around 8km) I made an extra effort to visit the remains of the Seyitdzhemaliddin Mosque included on Turkmenistan's tentative list.

Anau derives from Abi-anau meaning new water and surely enough there's a well and water system just next to the mosque. The mosque was heavily damaged by the Ashgabat earthquake, however locals still pray (mostly for fertility) at this site. There are a few turquoise tiles left but nothing really outstanding which would add value to the WH list in my opinion.

Els Slots The Netherlands 16-May-10

Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan (T) by Els Slots

The road between Mary and Ashgabat is possibly the most boring stretch that I have ever travelled on. My fellow travellers made a joke out of it - "Is this on your List too? It should be." It took us over 7 hours to reach the Turkmen capital. Our minibus could only reach an average speed of 50km per hour because of the many holes and bumps in the road.

An hour before we arrived in Ashgabat we had a final stop to stretch our legs. It was at a place called Abiwerd just near the road. I took some obligatory photos, just in case this tiny archeological site would ever show up on a WH or Tentative List.

My surprise couldn't have been bigger when I came home and discovered that Turkmenistan had just entered a new Tentative Site called "Silk Roads Sites in Turkmenistan". And what is part of it? Abiverd!

Abiverd or Abiwerd is an ancient fortified settlement. The remains near the road are merely silhouettes of ancient structures, although a local boy came to us to point out a fortress a bit further inland.

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Site History

  • 2014 - Referred 
  • 2014 - Advisory Body overruled From Deferral
  • 2010 - Submitted 

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The site has 32 locations. Show all

  • Abiverd
  • Akcha-gala
  • Amul
  • Anau urban site and ruins of the mosque of Said Jamal-ad-Din
  • Astana-Baba (medival Maimarg): Alamberdar mausoleum
  • Astana-Baba (medival Maimarg): Astana-Baba architectural complex
  • Chilburj
  • Dargan urban site
  • Dashrabat (Dandanakan)
  • Dayakhatyn caravanserai
  • Devkesen (medieval Vazir)
  • Diyarbekir
  • Durun and Ak Ymam mausoleum: Dekhistan (Mashat-Misrian)
  • Durun and Ak Ymam mausoleum: group of medieval mausolea at Mashat-ata cemetery
  • Durun and Ak Ymam mausoleum: Mashat-ata mosque-mausoleum (Shir-Kabir)
  • Ekedeshik
  • Geok-Gumbez
  • Gurtly-depe (medieval Bashan)
  • Gyobekly
  • Injirli urban site
  • Khurmuzfarra (Uly Kishman)
  • Kyone Kaka
  • Meana-Baba architectural complex
  • Mele-Hairam temple complex
  • Odemerghen-gala (rabat Suran)
  • Old Sarakhs (urban site and Abul-Fazl mausoleum)
  • Pulkhatyn bridge
  • Shakhsenem (medieval Suvburun)
  • Shakhsenem, suburb garden
  • Talkhatan-baba (mosque)
  • Ygdy gala
  • Yzmykshir fortress (mediaval Zamakhshar)