Parthian Settlement of Nisa, Ashgabat

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Discovered beneath the parched landscape, Parthian Settlement of Nisa allows visitors to explore the remnants of one of the most important cities of the Parthian Empire, a major power between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE. The site, probably founded by Parthian ruler Arsaces, contained a fortress that served as either a royal residence or mausoleum. Although most uncovered artifacts have been moved to museums, exploring the site still gives an evocative look at the preserved, decorated structures of an advanced civilization. Be sure to bring refreshments, a hat, and sunscreen, as the striking landscape is very exposed and there are few facilities and less shade here. To visit Parthian Settlement of Nisa on your holiday in Ashgabat, and find out what else Ashgabat has to offer, use our Ashgabat day trip planner.
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  • Absolutely worth seeing excavation/restoration of a Parther town, not far from Ashgabat, at the foot of Kopet Dag and overlooking Ashgabat. Go!
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  • If you have an interest in the Parthian period of history, this is an opportunity to tour the remains of one of their major centers, only 30% of which has been excavated. While some shards are visible...  more »
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