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Kyz Kalas

Kyz Kalas

Merv

Forty Maidens castle - nobody seems to know for certain why these walls are 'corrugated' in this way. Was it a system of drainage, was it to deflect heat, or purely decorative? Kyz-kala is one of the most intact ruins in Merv. The buildings date back to the 8th or 9th century before its Golden Age of the 11-12th century when Merv was one of the greatest centers of Islamic study. It was long an important trading city on the Silk Road and Buddhism traveled as far west as Merv evidenced by the ruins of a Buddhist temple.

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