Turkmenistan

 

Historical Overview

It has a history that dates back 2500 years, yet there is little architectural beauty in Turkmenistan; the beauty is in its people. The Turkmens are warm and friendly and are very proud of their nomadic culture and their ancient ceremonies. The world knows Turkmenistan for its magnificent carpets, for its exquisite clothes and its wonderful Akhal Teke horses, the ancestor of the Arabian racehorse. Ashghabat the capital, is the home to the Mosque of Khezxrety Omar and the ancient fortress of Ashghabat. Nisa Parthaunissa is a short distance from Ashghabat, once the capital of the Parthians it dates back to the 3rd century BC. Merv (Mary) was once Central Asia's most civilized city and the "Pearl of the East" and between the 8th and 13th centuries was the second city of Islam after Baghdad. Sites include Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum and Kys Kala, an unusual windowless castle outside the city.

Business andEconomy

Since independence, the Turkmenistan government has sought to build a business environment that would attract foreign investment as well as facilitate the growth and privatization of its own businesses. Since 1992, Turkmenistan has developed several joint-ventures with international companies involved in the oil and gas industry, transportation, and agriculture. The government continues to look for interested parties who could build business relations with Turkmenistan in other industries such as agriculture, infrastructure, communication, food processing and packaging and many others.

 

Horses

Turkmenistan islike other Central asian countries in that horses are a part of the environment and lives of the people, especialy historically. The akhalteke is an ancient breed descended from one of the four horse types that crossed the Bering Strait from the Americas in prehistoric times.  Approximately 10,000 years ago, as desertification took hold of Central Asia, the stocky horses indigenous to its steppe grasslands began to evolve into the lean and graceful but hardy horses that inhabit Turkmenistan today. As food and water became more scarce the heavy frame of the horse gave way to a lighter one. Longer necks, a higher head carriage, larger eyes and longer ears evolved to better the horse’s ability to see, smell, and hear predators over the increasingly open plains. The golden coloring predominant among the akhalteke provided the necessary camouflage against the desert landscape. Through natural selection a breed was created which would become the pride of Turkmenistan.

 

Ashgabat - Turkmenistan

Ashgabat is the capital of Turkmenistan. It has been described as having a shutter blowing in the wind quality but as one can see from teh pictures it is not quite like that. It has all the colors of the urban rainbow, from  beggers to ex-pat english teachers, to the thriving bazaars of the eastern world.

 


Close Encounter with Ashgabat architecture

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