Ashgabat Things to Do

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    National Museum of History and Ethnography

    by Avala Written Jun 13, 2003

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    National Museum of History and Ethnography

    The Museum was opened in November 1998. The museum has s rich collection of ancient artifacts from Turkmenistan. More than 500,000 exhibits are displayed here. It has 9 halls, each dedicated to a certain period or theme. The museum reveals the variety of Turkmenistan's landscape: its flora and fauna, fossils and rare geological finds. The Hall of Independence, illustrating the modern development of the country, along with a range of costly presents given to Saparmurad Turkmenbashi, and donated by him to the museum. The Hall of Ancient History presents a collection of flint tools from the Mesolithic era(50 000 years B.C.), used by primitive people in Western Turkmenistan, along with Neolithic ceramics and ornaments from the first human settlements along the northern slopes of Kopet-Dag. There are objects made of clay and metal, semi-precious stones, witnessing tile high level of development of the early agricultural civilizations of Jeitun, Altyn Depe, Namzga-Depe, Anau Depe etc. The place of honor in this hall is occupied by Margians, a unique Bronze Age civilization discovered by the archeologists in the Kara-Kum desert to the north of the modern town of Bairam Ali, wilich was a fertile delta of the Murgab river about 3000 years ago. One highlight in the museum is a remar-kable collection of ivory rythons, discovered during the excavations at the Old Nisa - residence of Parthian kings from the Arshakid Dynasty. Marble statues, silver items from this fortress are outstanding examples of art closely connected with the Hellenistic tradition. The Hall of the Middle Ages tells about the Sasan instruments.Turkmenistan's famous hand made carpets of dyed sheep's wool are the finest masterpieces of the national art of the Turkmen people. But another important place in Turkmen national art belongs to female dress, and primarily bridal costumes. The brightest examples of this tradition are embroidered fabrics, and gilded silver jewelry featuring precious stones, stamping and engraving.

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    British Citizen Special

    by gaolei Written Jun 4, 2003

    If you are a British Citizen, check out the free tour car and driver at the British embassy. When I was there, two Brits got a car and former KGB driver to take them to all of the sites for two days for free from the embassy.
    The driver knew all of the places that were not on the regular tourist maps. These guys had a real Indiana Jones adventure.

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  • Akhal Teke Horses

    by gligor_kot Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Akhal-Teke is a horse from Turkmen, in the southern region of the modern country of Turkmenistan. These horses have been renowned as cavalry mounts and racehorses for some 3,000 years. The Akhal-Teke has superb natural gaits, and is the outstanding sporting horse from this area. The Akhal-Teke is native to an arid, barren environment. During its history, it has established a reputation of great stamina and courage. A key to the Akhal-Teke’s stamina is its diet which is low in bulk but high in protein, and frequently includes butter and eggs mixed with barley. Today the Akhal-Teke is used in show jumping and dressage in addition to daily use under saddle.

    Physical Description

    The Akhal-Teke's conformation can be favorably compared to the Persian Arab, another breed of ancient origin. Its head is similar to the Arab's, being long and light with expressive eyes. It has relatively long ears and a long neck. It has a short silky mane, or none at all, and a short tail. This breed has a narrow chest, long back, and flat ribs. The legs are long and slender, clearly revealing the tendons. It averages 15-15.1 hands in height. It is often dun in color, although it can be bay and gray, with a pale golden coat preferred. The Akhal-Teke is among the most elegant of the world's horses.

    Ancient Origins

    The Akhal-Teke descended from the ancient Turkmenian horse which was one of the four original horse 'types' that cross the Bering Strait from America in prehistoric times.. It was originally bred by tribes of Turkoman. The Akhal-Teke now is bred in the other provinces of the southern former U.S.S.R.

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    Niyazov Family Mausoleum

    by SallyM Written Jan 3, 2013

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    Niyazov family mausoleum

    The mauseoleun of the Niyazov family is built of imported Carrera marble.

    Photography is not permitted inside.

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    Goktepe Mosque

    by traveloturc Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Goktepe means "sky hill" This mosque is a good example of Turkmen art and its distinguished with his green dome .

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    Selcuk Bey

    by traveloturc Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Selcuk Bey

    Selcuk bey is the famous Turkish ruler who found the Selcuk empire .They ruled Anatolia before the Ottomans .This is the statue of Selcuk bey (Seldjuk for foreigners)

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    Demirel Mosque

    by traveloturc Written Jul 21, 2006

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    demirel Mosque

    Demirel was the ex president of Turkey and my country wants to make a present to the Turkmen people thats why they build a mosque in ashghabat.

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    Blue Mosque

    by traveloturc Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Apparently Turkmens likes the Blue Mosque in Istanbul sultanahmet and they decise to make a replicas in Ashghabat

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    Fountain

    by traveloturc Written Jul 21, 2006

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    Saparmurat decide to make the worlds largest fountain in the middle of karakum desert and this is how it looks

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    Independent Monument

    by traveloturc Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Pursuant to the disintegration of the Soviets Union in the year of 1991, the Republic of Turkmenistan declared its independency.Historical figures are the important Turkish leaders in the history.

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    Public Parcs

    by aboulmiche Written Jun 8, 2005

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    Public Parc

    As far as I recall, there are 3 public parcs in Ashgabat full of green spaces and water fountains. It is a nice place where you can relax and take some photos.

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    The Presidential Palace !

    by aboulmiche Written Jun 8, 2005

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    The Presidential Palace

    Visit the center of Ashgabat where you will see lots of water fountains, white marble buildings, the Neutrality Arc, and of course the Presidential Palace. It is designed by a French architect.

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