Nissa, Turkmenistan

Eighteen kilometers from Ashgabat there are ruins of the ancient medieval city of Nissa, which was founded by the Parthians in the 3rd century BC. Due to excavations that began on the site of the ancient settlement  in 1930 there were found the ruins of the hall of columns, temples and fortifications, the documents written in Aramaic script in Parthian language, rich evidence of the daily life of the Parthians, of  their Hellenistic art - painted monumental statues of burnt gault. During the excavations it was also found that Nisa consisted of  the upland citadel of the king and the place of the settlement of the townspeople - traders and craftsmen. In 2007, the ruins of the Parthian fortress were included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO.

Ashgabat - Sights of Interest