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, ancient city of central Asia, on the site of present-day Kunya-Urgench (Köhne Ürgenç), in Turkmenistan. It lies c.85 mi (140 km) NW of modern Urganch, Uzbekistan. A major trade and craft center from the 10th to 13th cent.
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, ancient city, Turkmenistan.
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Turkmenistan has a rich folk culture, diverse natural landscapes, unique archaeological monuments, including the ancient Nisa, Merv and Kunya-Urgench, included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, and the Gonurdepe archaeological park.
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