Turkmenistan’s Tourist Attractions
Ashkhabad is a capital and at the same time the largest city of Turkmenistan. Moreover, the city is large administrative-political, industrial, scientific and cultural centre of the country. It is situated in the south of the country at the foothills of the Kopetdag mountain ridge in Turan lowland in the immediate vicinity of the borders of Iran; it lies in the same latitude with Athens, Seoul and San-Francisco.
Turkmenbashi is a port city, located in Balkan welayat on the coast of the Caspian Sea. A ferry, which covers 270 km long distance, links the city with Baku on the western coast. Till 1993 the city was called Krasnovodsk, which in reality was a translation of local place name “Kyzyl-Su”. In 1993 it was renamed after the first President of Turkmenistan Turkmenbashi Saparmurat Niyazov.
Turkmenabad is the city with beautiful name and beautiful past. Its more than 2000 years history can arouse interest and startle even a callous and indifferent person. Of course it has never been notable for impressive dimensions, refined architecture monuments or a big number of population living in it. But all these things are not so important. The really important thing is that this city overcame everything in spite of all the incidents happened to it during its long period of existence, even the advert of Chingizkhan and his blood-thirsty army.
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