Between the Kopet Dag Mountains and the Turkmenbashi Canal lies the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, “Place of Love”. This oasis city in the Karakum Desert is on the ancient Silk Route. It is in one of the southernmost former Soviet Republics, just north of Iran and Afghanistan. Independence was declared on October 27, 1991. For a more detailed history please visit,_Turkmenistan.

Ashgabat Dancers

The city is noted for its beautiful carpets. Similar in size to Albuquerque, Ashgabat resembles Albuquerque in other respects, being multi-ethnic, having several institutions of higher learning, live theater, horse racing, jewelry making, and a Symphony Orchestra. The music of John Donald Robb, late Albuquerque composer, has been played by the staff and students of the Turkmenistan National Conservatory on national television and for live audiences.

Ashgabat became a Sister City on July 25, 1990 with ceremonies in Albuquerque.

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Mellie Myer