Ten fun facts about Turkmenistan
The Caspian Sea lies to the west of Turkmenistan. To its northwest is Kazakhstan, at the east is Uzbekistan, at the south is Iran and at the southeast is Afghanistan.
More than 80% of the country is covered by the Kara-Kum desert. It covers the uninhabited and remote regions in central and western Turkmenistan.
One of the longest irrigation canals in the world is the Kara Kum Canalis.
Alexander the Great founded Alexandria city in 330BC. Its name was later changed to Mery.
Electricity and gas are free here and most people don’t ever bother to switch their stoves off.
The Mongols destroyed the city of Mery and only 400 people survived.
Ashgabat’s 133 meter-high flagpole is one of the tallest in the world.
The Kugitang Reserve is world-famous for its dinosaur footprints. These are imprinted into its rock plateau.
The Akhal-Teke race horse breed originated in Turkmenistan and it also features on the country’s state emblem.
Merv- the ancient oasis city was a very important Silk Route trading center.
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