The Power of Colors
This travel souvenir from Turkmenistan is perfect if you want to bring a bit of culture home. The use of contrast is something that makes this magnet alluring and well worth examining. The golden color appears to convey power and refined cultivation. The blue backdrop represents the more random forces of nature at work. This can serve as a source of pride. In such a sense it can be seen as a defiant representation of strength and resilience. It is certainly meant for one to display it prominently and perhaps maybe even show it off. A prominent landmark such as this one can make you a feel a bit closer to Turkmenistan. Sometimes it is nice to have something quite official in order to feel as though you stand by a culture or people.
An Intriguing History
To commemorate the country's commitment to neutrality, the Monument of Niyazov was erected in 1998. On the top, the traveler will notice a statue of Niyazov. This monument is a central piece in the Ashgabat's urban landscape, specially if we consider that the city is surrounded by the desert and Kopet Dag mountains. This city, the most important in Turmenistan, was established by the Russians in the late NIneteenth century. In fact, the city has an earlier foundation, as this was the site of Konjikala, a town from the Second century BC which had a flourishing history as it was on the way for those trading silk. Unfortunately, the town was destroyed in the Thirteenth century.
The Russians transformed the town into a vacation resort. The Soviet Revolution impacted favorably on the town which transformed into an industrial center. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Turkmenistan transformed into an independent republic. By all means, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home and share with your loved ones your knowledge of this quite unknown city.