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Turkmenistan

The Gates of Hell

Fiery crater that has been burning since 1971.
40.2522, 58.4397
Gokdepe, Turkmenistan

Köw Ata Underground Lake

The Bakharden swimming spot doubles as a home to the largest known colony of bats in Central Asia.
38.4353, 57.4307
View of the unusual cemetery
Nokhur, Turkmenistan

Nokhur Cemetery

Cemetery with goat-horn bedecked gravestones.
38.4714, 57.0296
Beginning of the Walk of Health (Wiki Commons)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Walk of Health

Harsh mountain path along city aimed to improve health conditions.
37.8895, 58.2360
Arch of Neutrality.
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Arch of Neutrality

A dictator's gold statue once rotated to face the sun on a 75-meter high marble tower.
37.8821, 58.3333
The dome and its attached tower (Flickr/Fraser Lewry)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Independence Monument of Turkmenistan

Sumptous memorial to a controversial independence.
37.8811, 58.3823
Close-up of the monument (Flickr/Begemot)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Giant Ruhnama

Monument to a bizarre book, written by Turkmenistan’s long-standing dictator.
37.8882, 58.3792
wolves stalk antelope
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Turkmenbashi's Land of Fairy Tales

An eccentric dictator's take on a Turkmen version of Disneyland.
37.9220, 58.3726
The Wedding Palace
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Wedding Palace

If you want to get married in the White Marble City of Ashgabat, you should do it in this surreal disco ball building.
37.9333, 58.3667
Ishkashim Market
Ishkashim, Tajikistan

Ishkashim Border Market

A strip of no man’s land on the river border where the people of Tajikistan and Afghanistan come together to trade their goods.
36.7451, 71.5749
View at the dam walls from a different angle
Rushon, Tajikistan

Sarez Lake

The largest dam in the world and the site of a potential disaster.
38.2571, 72.6086
Sextant at Ulugh Beg Observatory
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Observatory

Light still pours into the ruins of this ancient Islamic observatory.
39.6750, 67.0050
Samark, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

The Avenue of Mausolea, a series of grand palatial tombs.
39.6631, 66.9878
View into the Bug Pit
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

"The Bug Pit" at Zindon Prison

Where Stoddart and Connolly suffered in the infamous Bug Pit.
39.7778, 64.4106
Medeu
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Medeu

This Soviet-era athletic and recreation facility is the highest ice skating rink in the world.
43.1575, 77.0591
Mural, depicting a raw man-slaughtering Nazi on a demon horse (Flickr / Nathan Hamm)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

National Museum of Kyrgyzstan

Time capsule of a museum, in which the Soviet Union remains alive and kicking.
42.8778, 74.6039
Astana, Kazakhstan

Bayterek Tower

A modern tower, symbolizing the legend of a golden egg on top of the tree of life.
51.1283, 71.4305
Inside the entertainment complex
Astana, Kazakhstan

Khan Shatyr

An entertainment center in a huge transparent tent.
51.1202, 71.4013
Relocated Lenin from the back, with cow for scale.
Khujand, Tajikistan

Tajikistan Lenin Statue

The largest Lenin statue in Central Asia was moved to an empty field rather than being destroyed.
40.2939, 69.6033
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Seattle Peace Park

Touching displays of wishes for peace from the Cold War era.
41.2895, 69.2542
Khan's Palace. (Wikimedia Commons)
Kokand, Uzbekistan

Khan's Palace

Final palace complex of the last of 29 Kokand rulers.
40.5391, 70.9383
One of the murals decorating the Amir Timur museum. Note the mix of Uzbek imagery with the Soviet aesthetic.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Amir Timur (Tamerlane) Museum

Looking for a unifying history, Uzbekistan finds its answer in a 14th Century Turco-Mongol conqueror... despite the fact he wasn't Uzbek.
41.3397, 69.2856
Ulugnor District, Uzbekistan

Fergana Valley

One of the most ethnically diverse spots on the planet.
40.7667, 71.5000
The Tomb of Ali at Shakhimardan. (Wikimedia Commons)
Ulugnor District, Uzbekistan

Tomb of Ali at Shakhimardan

Beautiful palace stands tall over the Fergana Valley.
40.7667, 71.5000