- Place or Religious Monument
Where the absolute kitsch of Las Vegas and the planned Soviet architecture meet, Ashgabat has some impressive structures : gigantic marble squares with beautiful sculptures, fountains, palaces, and mosques with golden domes that seem almost unreal, and wide avenues all lined with gigantic buildings. The city's builders certainly did not have simplicity in mind!
With money pouring in from the production of oil and Turkmen gas, the city of Ashgabat seems a dream-like, strange oasis of opulence in a country where poverty is still very apparent. Finally, it's a perfect example of the almost unbearable inequality and corruption which blights this Central Asian republic.