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Kunya-Urgench

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient capital of Kunya Urgench, located in the north-east, is one of Turkmenistan's most treasured destinations. Once an important stronghold of the Achaemenid Empire, it once contained the city of Khoresm (sometimes known as Khwarezm) whose stunning ruins and amazing architecture draw visitors today. With its natural spring and advantageous position on the Silk Road, Kunya-Urgench boasts well-preserved monuments and buildings dating back to the 11th century.

Visitors will base themselves in the modern regional capital city of Dashoguz just 60 miles from Kunya Urgench. It's a popular crossing point for Uzbekistan and home to the best hotels from which to explore the rich heritage of the surrounding area. Nearby, Izmukshir is not only a fortress of historic significance but the birth- and resting-place of a famous Muslim scholar. Kunya Urgench is populated with countless minarets, madrassas and mausoleums housing some of the most important figures of the area's history.

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