With symbols like the hammer and sickle or the famous red star, Turkmenistan is a former communist country notable for being covered 80% in desert, with enigmatic sand dunes and refreshing oasis. With a great historical background and well kept traditions, this country of contrasts combines the old civilization with the modernized era. The capital city Ashgabat carrying a Persian name translated as “city of love” includes the famous Turkmen Carpet Museum with its impressive traditional hand-woven carpets.
Learn about the old culture which inspired musicians also called bakhshi into developing new art through new string instruments like the dutar or gopuz. Increase your cultural experience through UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Köneürgenç, a municipality in the North East part of the country where you can study and admire the unexcavated ruins of the 12th century capital of Khwarezm. Take the historical Silk Road and discover Merv, an important oasis city in Central Asia believed to be one of the largest cities in the world in the 12th century or enter Nisa, a former royal necropolis of the Parthian kings and one of the first capitals.
Admire the old and new in the red star of the desert, Turkmenistan.