Turkmenistan Independence Monument

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kenkeh
Subang Jaya, Malaysia4,050 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
We visited independence monument as part of my tour program , clean and big attraction , saw young locals visiting too . We are not allowed to to take photo of the guards .
Written 24 November 2023
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myle tan
Romblon Island, Philippines267 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's a simple statue that's nice to take a picture of. most tour guides will bring you here. Do drop by
Written 26 December 2019
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
During our day tour in Ashgabat, we stopped at Independence Park. There are various statues here, including a gold statue of the President.

Like everything else in Ashgabat, it was very white, very clean and everything was on a grand scale.
Written 3 November 2019
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John A
Las Vegas, NV242 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
You can note from the picture the gold monument to himself. Like many monuments in Ashgabat, the president is personally represented
Written 29 October 2019
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Sallyanne T
Morwell, Australia238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
Like everything in Ashgabad this monument is over the top opulence. The golden statue, the 5 headed golden eagles, the fountains, all of it OTT. Loved it
Written 21 September 2019
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Stephen L
Cambridge, UK504 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Took a City tour and passed this monument, one of many in the City. Ornate but then so is everything in this City
Written 19 September 2019
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Andrew M
7,541 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The independence park was built to celebrate the Turkmenistan independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It was completed in 1996, and is a huge park 2km in length and 1km in width. We took a bus to the north entrance of the park, and walked towards the main independence monument, located in the southern section. There are many buses on this route, including 7,15,16,18,20,26,29,34 and 37. It is advised that you carry at least a litre of water if you plan to walk through the park, as there is little shade cover, and we didn't find any beverages on sale in the park vicinity.

The northern section of the park is dominated by fountains with sculptures of items found at old nisa of the Parthian culture. A golden sculpture of the Medici lions, with spheres underfoot, was our favourite in this area. A five headed golden eagle is between the lions. If you continue walking south, the pyramid shaped shopping center will come into view. There was a great sculpture of white storks in front of it. If you continue south, but walking to your right, the Green Ruhnama (The Book of the Soul) monument will be seen. This book is a history of Turkmen people and gives guidance on spiritual/moral situations. It used to be compulsory reading by students and government workers, but this has changed, although the monument remains. We thought that the photos here were great, as the bright green book was a contrast with the white marble buildings in the background. Note that the police will ask that you delete photos of any government buildings, which are typically white marble. A amphitheater was also in this area.

If you continue walking south through the park, the 118m Independence monument will come into view. The lower section is designed as a yurt, and houses a museum, which was closed when we visited. The upper section is a columnar structure with a golden ring and five stars at the top, representing the unity of the turkmen tribes. The many black monuments with gold highlights represent famous people in Turkmen history. These sculptures included Oghuz Khan-mythological founder of Turkmen, who also has a sculpture near the airport, Seljuk Beig and Tughril Beg-the founders of the Seljuk Empire, Ertuğrul Gazi-founder of the Ottoman Empire, a mosque in Ashgabat is named in his honour, and the famous poets Magtymguly (who has a park and street named in his honour) and Molianepes (who has a statue in the Square of Inspiration).

Just beyond the Independence monument are beautiful fountains. We walked to the main road and took a bus back to the city center after completing our visit. You can take buses in a southerly direction to the History Museum, Arch of Neutrality and Walk of Health. Any bus that heads north will go to the city center. The attractions a few bus stops north include; the carpet museum, turkmenistan sport monument, House of Prayer-Russian Orthodox Church and the Altyn Aysr Park.
Written 1 September 2019
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AlistairBurrow
Glasgow, UK137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This white marble (nothing unusual about that in Ashgabat!) monument commemorating Independence in 1991 is, like many of the others, unusual in design and situated in park land with water features which is well kept and colourful. The views are good too, and the statues of former Turkmen leaders are impressive. As always there were very few other people around when we visited which allows one to get highly focussed photos. The general ambience adds to the air of mystery about the city.
Written 22 August 2019
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westchicago
Carefree, AZ1,348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This city is full of monuments and all are clean and well maintained; Many of them are set within green spaces and all are clean and the area around them is very clean (as is the entire city).
Written 12 May 2019
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Ruth Rodger
Cape Town Central, South Africa105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
This is a very opulent and outstanding monument which is out of white marble and with black and gold statues around it. It is really worth seeing and quite magnificent as is the park around it. A wedding party arrived at the same time as we did to have their wedding photographs taken there.
Written 30 April 2019
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