Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Turkmenistan, Greater Kyz Kala
Merv is the old name of an oasis city on the Silk Road in Asia. It's now known as Mary and is the fourth biggest city in Turkmenistan. Nearby is Greater Kyz Kala, a rectangular castle with corrugated sides, dating from the 5th to 8th centuries.
About 200 metres away is Lesser Kyz Kala. There is a story that Greater Kyz Kala was the castle where the girls lived and Lesser Kyz Kala was where the boys lived. If the boys wanted to marry one of the girls, they had to throw an object from their castle to the girls'. At 200 metres or more, that was close to impossible and is said to be when the catapult was invented. It's possible ... It could account for all those holes. :)