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Ashgabat Sightseeing

White Marble City Ashgabat

Fundamental changes in Turkmenistan’s architecture took place after Sovereignty
in 1991, and Neutrality in 1995, were proclaimed. In this short period of time a
new quality and quantity of city planning has been achieved.
These fundamental changes have utilised both Turkmen architects and
engineers, and foreign construction companies, who actively participated in
designing and building the cities of Turkmenistan. Heavy growth during the years
of Independence of the country is conditioned by new ideas, and new
social-economic opportunities in Turkmenistan. Thanks to constant care of the
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov, further formation of the city as the
major administrative, political, cultural centre in the region is envisaged.

The Hotel Oguzkent, constructed in 2010, is located in the centre of the city at
the crossroads of Bitarap and A. Niyazov streets, and is decorated with white
marble and glass. It is a unique super-modern hotel complex whose building
reflects the idea of the country’s revival; the interior is decorated with bas-reliefs
from the life and history of Turkmenistan created by Turkmen artists. The hotel
was built by the French construction company Bouygue and harmoniously fits into
the architecture of the capital centre.

The 11-storied building of “Palace of Happiness”, with the total area of more than
38,000 square metres, is a three-fold construction; each side looks like an
eight-edged star. The cube, based on big columns, forms its upper step and
co-opts a sphere with the diameter 32 metres – the symbolic planet Earth with the
picture of the map of Turkmenistan. The map symbolises unity, reliability and the
stability of family ties. Four entrances to the building symbolise the four corners of
the world and the internal decoration and design are done in the national style.
There are seven halls for marriage registration and three wedding halls for festive
events, as well as seven banquet halls.

The London award for the Broadcasting Centre “Turkmenistan” is the second time
this building has received international recognition for architectural uniqueness. It’s
main architectural peculiarity - a huge Oguz Khan star covered with special glass
– is included into the Guinness’s Book of Records. It is considered the biggest
architectural image of a star in the world.

Another architectural masterpiece of the capital – a Ferris wheel of the cultural
entertainment centre “Älem” (“Outer space”), was awarded with the Diploma on its
inclusion into the Guinness’s Book of Records - it is 95 metres high with a broach
spire represents a staged pyramid, on which a ferry-wheel with the diameter of
57 metres towers.

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