Kunya-Urgench is situated in north-western Turkmenistan, on the left bank of the Amu Daria River. Urgench was the capital of the Khorezm region, part of the Achaemenid Empire. The old town contains a series of monuments mainly from the 11th to 16th centuries, including a mosque, the gates of a caravanserai, fortresses, mausoleums and a 60-m high minaret. The monuments testify to outstanding achievements in architecture and craftsmanship whose influence reached Iran and Afghanistan, and later the architecture of the Mogul Empire of 16th-century India.

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3 sites in this World Heritage

  • Southern section comprising the minaret and most of the monuments
  • Northern section: Najm-ad-Din al-Kubra Mausoleum complex
  • Western section: comprising the Ibn Khajib mausoleum and medressa

Southern section comprising the minaret and most of the monuments

Northern section: Najm-ad-Din al-Kubra Mausoleum complex

Western section: comprising the Ibn Khajib mausoleum and medressa

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Turkmenistan 
Category
Cultural
Name
Kunya-Urgench
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)
Year of Registered
2005
Keyword
Registered in 2005