Ashgabat Things to Do

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  • Things to Do
    by JessieLang
  • Things to Do
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  • 1. Arch of Neutrality

    Of all the many monuments erected by President Niyazov, the Arch of Neutrality is perhaps the most outrageous. It looks rather like an alien rocket ship, topped with a gold statue of President...

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  • 2. The National Museum

    The National Museum of History and Ethnography is impressive. The exhibits begin with dioramas of Stone Age scenes, and then wind through the centuries in a...

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  • 3. Turkmenbashi's Mosque

    Turkmenbashi’s personal mosque is in the nearby village of Kipchuk, his hometown. He built the enormous mosque (10,000 person capacity) in 2004, with public...

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  • 4. Nissa

    The Parthian site of Nissa, near Ashgabat, is probably best not visited in the snow. However, as our time was limited, we had little choice in the matter. It...

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  • 5. Carpet Museum

    Carpets are an important part of Turkmen culture and a visit to Ashgabat's carpet museum is therefore a must, even if, like me, you are not particularly...

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  • 6. Azadi Mosque

    This mosque, constructed between 1995-8, was one of the first to be built after Turkmenistan gained its independence in the 1990s. It was funded by Turkey, and...

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  • 7. National Museum

    The National Museum is housed in a very palatial white marble (naturally) building. Inside, we were slightly surprised to see that the decor was of dark wood....

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  • 8. Tolkuchka Bazaar

    Our Lonely Planet guide book described Tolkuchka bazaar as 'Central Asia as staged by Cecil B De Mille' so I expected it to be a bit like the Kashgar Sunday...

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  • 9. Ruhnama Monument

    This is a monument to the Ruhnama, the famous book written by President Niyazov. He wrote it between 1997 and 2001 and it gives his version of Turkmen history....

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  • 10. The Walk of Health

    This is one of former President Niyazov's wilder schemes: a staircase in the mountains, for exercise purposes. According to our guide book he used to make civil...

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  • 11. Ferris Wheel

    This giant ferris wheel, constructed in 2012 is Ashgabat's answer to the London Eye. This being Ashgabat, it is of course built from white marble, which does...

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  • 12. Earthquake Memorial

    The memorial to those who died in the 1948 earthquake sits above the earthquake museum. Unfortunately the latter was closed when we visited in December 2012,...

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  • 13. Lenin Memorial

    The most remarkable thing about the Lenin monument is the way in which it is overpowered by the decorative plinth on which it stands. There are two doors in...

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  • 14. Independence Monument

    The Monument to the Independence of Turkmenistan is also known as 'the Plunger', for obvious reasons. It is surrounded by gilded statues of important Turkmen...

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  • 15. Every Building in the center is worth seeing

    Turkmenistan is an oil rich country. The infrastructure development is very fast. Each & every building in the centre (near President Palace) is worth seeing....

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  • 16. Turkmenbasi palace

    Turkmenistan is Saparmurat Niyazov and Saparmurat Niyazov is the Turkmenbasi ( the leader of Turkmens) so the world and Ashgabat is turning around this...

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  • 17. Kipchak Mosque

    This Kipchak mosque, also called 'Turkmenbashi Ruhy Metjidi' is situated a bit outside Ashgabat town. This rather new mosque, built in 2001 by the president...

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  • 18. Monument for 10 years of independence

    In the huge green area of Berzengi south of the citycentre not only huge white marble buildings are built in a spacious green setting, but it looks like that...

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  • 19. Russian market

    During our short stay in Ashgabat we had not the opportunity to visit the Tolkuchka Bazaar 8km north of town, because we were not there during marketdays. Maybe...

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  • 20. Monument for 11 years of independence

    When you return from the monument for 10 years of indepence and walk back to the street, you will see huge arches of white marble at the south side of the...

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  • 21. Independence Monument Garashyzlyk

    Ashgabat is the town of huge and ostentatious monuments with large and spacious parks around. Even if you don't like to visit monuments, you need at least to...

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  • 22. Ertogrul Gazi Mosque

    The Ertogul Gazi mosque in the citycentre of Ashgabat has a lovely oriental architecture. The appearance of the mosque shows the connection with the Ottoman and...

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  • 23. Earthquake Memorial and Museum

    The monument is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake of 1948. The Earthquake museum under the impressive sculpture contains touching displays of the...

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  • 24. Akhal horses

    Alexander the Great's horse, Bucephalus, is said to have been an Akhal-Teke.Akhal horses and carpets are the most famous products of Turkmens.They are proud of...

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  • 25. Koroglu Bey

    Koroglu is also famous revolter against the Ottoman sultan he use to live in Bolu mountains in Turkey and because he was made blind after he was captured by the...

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