Khiva to "Kunye Urgench" (Turkmenistan)September 13, 2018 in Turkmenistan ⋅ 🌙 20 °C
Border Information: Exit Uzbekistan at Nijazov, enter Turkmenistan at Shovot. This morning we will drive across the border into Turkmenistan, visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, and explore the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day. We will wild camp in the deserts near Kunye Urgench tonight. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. Included Activities: Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench (Included in Kitty).
Gegen 10:00 sind wir elativ schnell durch die Usbekische Passkontrolle gekommen und stellen uns jetzt auf eine lange Wartezeit auf der Turkmenischen Seite ein. Aber auch hier sind wir bereits gegen Mittag erstaunlich schnell durch die Grenze und auf unserem Weg. Am Nachmittag besichtigen wir nach einer unspektakulären Fahrt die „Kunye Urgench ruins“. Das ist ein UNESCO Weltkulturerbe.
Konye-Urgench (Turkmen: Köneürgenç; Russian: Куня Ургенч, Kunya Urgench – from Persian: Kuhna Gurgānj کهنه گرگانج) – Old Gurgānj also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. It is the site of the ancient town of Ürgenç (Urgench), which contains the ruins of the capital of Khwarazm, a part of the Achaemenid Empire. Its inhabitants deserted the town in the 1700s in order to develop a new settlement, and Kunya-Urgench has remained undisturbed ever since. In 2005, the ruins of Old Urgench were inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. (See List of World Heritage Sites in Turkmenistan). Located on the south side of the Amu-Darya River, Old Ürgenç was situated on one of the most important medieval paths: the Silk Road, the crossroad of western and eastern civilisations. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Turkmenistan, lying within a vast zone of protected landscape and containing a large number of well-preserved monuments, dating from the 11th to the 16th centuries. They comprise mosques, the gates of a caravanserai, fortresses, mausoleums and a minaret, and the influence of their architectural style and craftsmanship reached Iran, Afghanistan and the later architecture of the Mogul Empire of 16th-century India.
Editiert am 27.03.2019
Text von Wolfgang