• Ashgabat - capital city of Turkmenistan

    Ashgabat is primarily a government and administrative centre. The business centre of Ashgabat is on the Archabil highway. Construction of several ministries and departments, teaching and research and cultural centres is complete. Development of office buildings and public spaces along the avenue continues. The city gained many high-rise residential buildings. Modern construction techniques allows high-rise development with relatively good protection against earthquakes. Primarily consisting of residential towers, the first floor is typically given a shopping area and a service department. Many of the buildings are made of white marble. Notable Buildings Museums include the Turkmen Fine Arts Museum and Turkmen Carpet Museum, noted for their impressive collection of woven carpets as well as...

    published: 06 Nov 2015
  • Turkmenistan Ashgabad - 2014

    Видео нарезки моего родного города Ашхабад.

    published: 25 Oct 2013
  • Türkmenistan AŞGABAT(capital of turkmenistan ASHGABAT)

    ATA WATAN TÜRKMENİSTAN. GARAŞSYZ BAKY BİTARAP DÖWLETİMİZE BUYSANYAS!!!

    published: 25 Dec 2016
  • Ashgabat 2017 Promotional Video

    Ashgabat the capital city of Turkmenistan is ready to host the 5th Edition of the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in 2017. Turkmenistan expects some 5,500 Athletes to compete in 18 different sports at the Games. Ashgabat was awarded the Games in 2010 by the Olympic Council of Asia

    published: 03 Oct 2014
  • Ashgabat by night, Turkmenistan

    Endless numbers of white marble buildings in Ashgabat

    published: 25 Apr 2013
  • The Mongol Rally: Tour of Ashgabat

    A guided tour of the most bonkers capital city in the world - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/MongolRally16

    published: 29 Oct 2016
  • 7 Facts about Turkmenistan

    Learn, Share, Subscribe ------------------------------------------------ Watch the Asian series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRRGIkTyr4u371Fx6e88Qx2N Here is the European Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRTa_XMM9a4hDh2Yo9CsZzOR Follow: https://plus.google.com/+blinder00 https://twitter.com/Sebastian2Go https://www.facebook.com/official7facts ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Turkmenistan. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Turkmenistan is an ancient land, once part of the Persian Empire. The Turkmen people were originally pastoral nomads and some of them continued this way of life up into the 20th century, living in transportable dome-shaped fe...

    published: 04 Jun 2016
  • Turkmenistan Ashgabat - 2014

    Ozunizin gowun soyen Klipdir,film,degishmelerinize tomasha ederin diyseniz bizin bilen galyn!!! vk.com sahypasynda 'Turkmen Sungat Alemi' http://vk.com/bagshylar

    published: 13 Apr 2014
  • Turkmenbashi's Reign of Terror

    President for Life (2005): President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan was the dictator famous in the West for his crazy decrees and bizarre personality cult. But for his people, there was nothing comical about his rule. For downloads and more information visit: http://journeyman.tv/18877/short-films/president-for-life.html In Ashgabat, capital of Turkemenistan, the sun always shine on Turkmenbashi. Literally. His statues rotate to face the sun. His image is everywhere -- from the vodka bottles to the national airline. He's even renamed the days of the week after his dead mother. "He's clearly a paranoid leader with very strange sorts of behavioural patterns," states political analyst David Lewis. "He is brutal and violent." Former foreign minister Avdy Kuliev agrees. "He's imprisoned ...

    published: 21 May 2012
  • First Olympic Monorail

    The fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017. This will be the first OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) Games to be held in the Central Asian country. It will take place in the Olympic Village, a multi-purpose sports facility which is being constructed in the capital. Set within a heavily landscaped park on the site of the existing Olympic Stadium, the complex will feature 30 venues for world class sporting environment all connected by a monorail system. The Ashgabat Olympic Complex involves development of a 157-hectare sports complex, centered on the site of the existing Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat City with a capacity of 60,000 people. For the convenience of athletes and spectators in the Olympic village all necessary infrastructure will be...

    published: 19 Apr 2016
  • Turkmenistan Airlines flight review - Paris to Bangkok - 2016

    This is a Flight review of Turkmenistan Airlines Flight T5 402 and T5 647 from Paris CDG to Bangkok BKK through Ashgabat airport (ASB). I paid 239€ for this flight and booked it 3 weeks ahead. Overall the flight with Turkmenistan Airlines was a very good experience, which was quite a surprise to be honest given that I had to google the name of the company before booking the flight to check their ratings. This is the reason why I decided to make a review with the footage I shot during the trip. I also included a "How to" section to get from Bangkok airport to the city center. The first flight was on a Boeing 737. Good leg room but no tv or any entertainment. The crew was really nice and professional and the food was good (which was a pleasant surprise given the price of the flight) The ...

    published: 23 Oct 2016
  • Fears of repression under Turkmenistan's shiny surface

    Gas-rich Turkmenistan is once of the most cloistered countries in the world. With rare access to the gleaming capital city Ashgabat, AFPTV investigates claims that repression of freedom of expression is rife in the central Asian country. Duration: 01:52.

    published: 03 Dec 2010
  • New Ashgabat airport at the Turkmenistan.flv

    This airport is going to establish at the capital of Turkmenistan. It will be 32 km near the Ashgabat. It will be one of the bigger airport in Asia. This airport have historical memories on decoration of design.

    published: 16 Nov 2011
  • ASHGABAT is my Capital

    www.youtube.com/incaarts = Direct Channel Access for TOP VIDEOS.

    published: 15 Mar 2013
  • 7 Facts about Kazakhstan

    Learn, Share, Subscribe ------------------------------------------------ Watch the entire series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRTa_XMM9a4hDh2Yo9CsZzOR Follow: https://plus.google.com/+blinder00 https://twitter.com/Sebastian2Go https://www.facebook.com/official7facts ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Kazakhstan. If you ask yourself where is Kazakhstan, it is a Eurasian country, with much of its land on the Asian continent. It used to be part of the USSR, but today it’s becoming a booming oil based economy.The capital of Kazakhstan is Astana, but Almaty used to hold that title before 1997. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Astana is one of the world’s newest and most f...

    published: 18 Jul 2015
  • TURKMENISTAN: ARCHAEOLOGIST EXCAVATE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF MERV

    English/Nat The break up of the Soviet Union has led to the opening up of one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Now an international archaeological team is excavating Merv, one of the most significant capitals on the ancient Silk Route. But just as the world wakes up to its existence, Merv is in danger of being lost. Rising damp from the Karakum Canal, created by the Russians in the 1950s, is disintegrating the ancient mud brick buildings. Today there's not much more than a few disintegrating mud brick monuments. But at one time Merv was one of the major capitals on the ancient Silk Route between China and the West. It rivalled Damascus, Baghdad and even Cairo as a trading centre. Nowadays, few people live here... most trade is done outside...

    published: 21 Jul 2015
Ashgabat - capital city of Turkmenistan

Ashgabat - capital city of Turkmenistan

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  • Updated: 06 Nov 2015
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Ashgabat is primarily a government and administrative centre. The business centre of Ashgabat is on the Archabil highway. Construction of several ministries and departments, teaching and research and cultural centres is complete. Development of office buildings and public spaces along the avenue continues. The city gained many high-rise residential buildings. Modern construction techniques allows high-rise development with relatively good protection against earthquakes. Primarily consisting of residential towers, the first floor is typically given a shopping area and a service department. Many of the buildings are made of white marble. Notable Buildings Museums include the Turkmen Fine Arts Museum and Turkmen Carpet Museum, noted for their impressive collection of woven carpets as well as a Turkmen history museum and the Ashgabat National Museum of History, which displays artifacts dating back to the Parthian and Persian civilizations. The Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan is an important institute of higher learning. Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest Ferris wheel in an enclosed space. The Ashgabat Flagpole is the fourth tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, standing at 133 m (436 ft) tall. The Ashgabat Fountain is the worlds greatest number of fountain pools in a public place. Ashgabat also features Turkmenistan Tower which is the tallest tower in Turkmenistan, the decorative octagonal Star of Oguzkhan is recognised as the world's largest architectural image of the star and entered in the Guinness World Records.
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Turkmenistan Ashgabad - 2014

Turkmenistan Ashgabad - 2014

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  • Updated: 25 Oct 2013
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Видео нарезки моего родного города Ашхабад.
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Türkmenistan AŞGABAT(capital of turkmenistan ASHGABAT)

Türkmenistan AŞGABAT(capital of turkmenistan ASHGABAT)

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ATA WATAN TÜRKMENİSTAN. GARAŞSYZ BAKY BİTARAP DÖWLETİMİZE BUYSANYAS!!!
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Ashgabat 2017 Promotional Video

Ashgabat 2017 Promotional Video

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  • Updated: 03 Oct 2014
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Ashgabat the capital city of Turkmenistan is ready to host the 5th Edition of the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games in 2017. Turkmenistan expects some 5,500 Athletes to compete in 18 different sports at the Games. Ashgabat was awarded the Games in 2010 by the Olympic Council of Asia
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Ashgabat by night, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat by night, Turkmenistan

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  • Updated: 25 Apr 2013
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Endless numbers of white marble buildings in Ashgabat
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The Mongol Rally: Tour of Ashgabat

The Mongol Rally: Tour of Ashgabat

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  • Updated: 29 Oct 2016
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A guided tour of the most bonkers capital city in the world - Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/MongolRally16
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7 Facts about Turkmenistan

7 Facts about Turkmenistan

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  • Updated: 04 Jun 2016
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Learn, Share, Subscribe ------------------------------------------------ Watch the Asian series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRRGIkTyr4u371Fx6e88Qx2N Here is the European Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRTa_XMM9a4hDh2Yo9CsZzOR Follow: https://plus.google.com/+blinder00 https://twitter.com/Sebastian2Go https://www.facebook.com/official7facts ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Turkmenistan. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Turkmenistan is an ancient land, once part of the Persian Empire. The Turkmen people were originally pastoral nomads and some of them continued this way of life up into the 20th century, living in transportable dome-shaped felt tents called yurtas. The country several has ancient ruins that used to part of the Silk Road, such as Saraghs, Annau or Merv. 2. Written Turkmen has gone through a vast number of different alphabets. Prior to 1929, Turkmen was written in the Arabic script. Between 1929 and 1938, a Latin alphabet was used. Then, from 1938 through 1991, the Cyrillic alphabet became the official writing system. In 1991, a new Latinate alphabet was introduced, but it has been slow to catch on. 3. Since 1993, water, electricity and gas have been free to all residents in Turkmenistan, meaning the majority of families never turn their stove off to save on the cost of matches! This was guaranteed to last until 2030. 4. Roughly 80% of Turkmenistan is covered by the Karakum (Black Sands) Desert. Turkmenistan has four distinct seasons & it faces two extremely opposite atmospheric conditions, in summer its temperature might go beyond 50 degree Celsius, while in winter it might get less than zero resulting into snowfall. 5. Turkmenistan is world widely famous for its ethnic style of carpets & there is even a carpet museum with more than 1,000 different carpets from 18th & 19th century & more from 20th century. A group of people made a 313 square meter carpet for the Turkmen carpet museum which is recognized as the largest hand-woven carpet in the world in Guinness book of world records. 6. There is more than 70 feet wide burning natural gas crater in Turkmenistan widely known as Derweze which contains bubbling gas active since more than 40 years. This huge gas crater was accidentally found by the drillers from Soviet Union state government of Turkmenistan who burnt the fire in the crater in hope of clearing the gas out of it however, it didn’t work and the gas is continuously burning since then. 7. Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, was founded in 1881 as a Russian fortress between the Kara-Kum Desert and the Kopet Dagh Mountains, it was largely rebuilt after a severe earthquake (7.3) in 1948. The earthquake caused extreme damage in Ashgabat and nearby villages, where almost all brick buildings collapsed, concrete structures were heavily damaged. Media sources vary on the number of the casualties, from 10,000 to 110,000, equivalent to almost 10% of the Turkmen SSR's population at the time. More Info: https://arzuwportalturkmenistan.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/most-interesting-facts-turkmenistan/ http://www.wwbroute.com/some-interesting-facts-about-turkmenistan/ http://sussle.org/t/1948_Ashgabat_earthquake Music: Jim RoosterSkip to Kathmandu http://freemusicarchive.org/ Images: http://static.thousandwonders.net/Turkmenistan.original.32653.jpg http://s3.amazonaws.com/iexplore_web/images/assets/000/006/327/original/turkmenistan.jpg?1443185982 http://www.arzuw.tm/ http://contemporaryromancecafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Signature.jpg http://everystockphoto.s3.amazonaws.com/fire_burner_stove_296810_o.jpg http://cdn.trend.az/media/pictures/2015/02/16/trend_oil_gas_main.jpg http://goista.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Karakum-Desert-Turkmenistan.jpg http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/61716439.jpg https://arzuwportalturkmenistan.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/worlds-largest-hand-woven-carpet-turkmenistan.jpg http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jT2NZuSHdBI/UZXdjAIqauI/AAAAAAAAEso/6vvFbSO5b8s/s1600/turkmanistan.0007.jpg http://dntours-business.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Darvaza-Door-to-hell-Hell-gates-Turkmenistan-2.jpg http://www.mirutadelaseda.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/P9202849-Turkmenistan-Central-Asia-Karakum-gas-crater-darvaza.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Panorama_of_Ashgabat.jpg http://www.mirutadelaseda.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/P9182561-Turkmenistan-asia-central-centralasia-Ashgabath.jpg Intro: Creation by Shaheen http://topfreeintro.com/creation-free-intro-template-after-effecs/ Jonjass Designs https://www.youtube.com/user/JonjassDesigns Intro Music: DJ Goodman – Japanese Flute (Dubstep Mix) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JH_H_-I4Hw
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Turkmenistan Ashgabat - 2014

Turkmenistan Ashgabat - 2014

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  • Updated: 13 Apr 2014
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Ozunizin gowun soyen Klipdir,film,degishmelerinize tomasha ederin diyseniz bizin bilen galyn!!! vk.com sahypasynda 'Turkmen Sungat Alemi' http://vk.com/bagshylar
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Turkmenbashi's Reign of Terror

Turkmenbashi's Reign of Terror

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  • Updated: 21 May 2012
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President for Life (2005): President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan was the dictator famous in the West for his crazy decrees and bizarre personality cult. But for his people, there was nothing comical about his rule. For downloads and more information visit: http://journeyman.tv/18877/short-films/president-for-life.html In Ashgabat, capital of Turkemenistan, the sun always shine on Turkmenbashi. Literally. His statues rotate to face the sun. His image is everywhere -- from the vodka bottles to the national airline. He's even renamed the days of the week after his dead mother. "He's clearly a paranoid leader with very strange sorts of behavioural patterns," states political analyst David Lewis. "He is brutal and violent." Former foreign minister Avdy Kuliev agrees. "He's imprisoned many prominent people -- all of them subjected to tortures, horrendous tortures." Turkmenistan has one of the lowest life expectancy rates in region. Most of the people live in crushing poverty but an atmosphere of fear and intimidation prevents anyone speaking out. ABC Australia - Ref. 2749 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.
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First Olympic Monorail

First Olympic Monorail

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  • Updated: 19 Apr 2016
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The fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2017. This will be the first OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) Games to be held in the Central Asian country. It will take place in the Olympic Village, a multi-purpose sports facility which is being constructed in the capital. Set within a heavily landscaped park on the site of the existing Olympic Stadium, the complex will feature 30 venues for world class sporting environment all connected by a monorail system. The Ashgabat Olympic Complex involves development of a 157-hectare sports complex, centered on the site of the existing Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat City with a capacity of 60,000 people. For the convenience of athletes and spectators in the Olympic village all necessary infrastructure will be built, including social, cultural and shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, consumer services, car park. Intamin was awarded with the contract to build the Olympic Monorail. For phase 1, Monorail trains are running on the 5’200 m elevated track and are linking the various Olympic facilities such as indoor velodrome, aquatics center, indoor athletics arena, a tennis center, training halls, indoor arenas, medical rehabilitation center, hotel and press center, business center, restaurants, training for track and field, outdoor team sports fields, lake, outdoor cafes, carparks. The trains have capacity of 90 passengers each and are serving eight stations along the track loop. Thanks to the elevated track about 6 m above ground level the visitors have a spectacular view all over the Ashgabat Olympic Complex. Up to 1,200 athletes and guests an hour can enjoy the circular route.
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Turkmenistan Airlines flight review - Paris to Bangkok - 2016

Turkmenistan Airlines flight review - Paris to Bangkok - 2016

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  • Updated: 23 Oct 2016
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This is a Flight review of Turkmenistan Airlines Flight T5 402 and T5 647 from Paris CDG to Bangkok BKK through Ashgabat airport (ASB). I paid 239€ for this flight and booked it 3 weeks ahead. Overall the flight with Turkmenistan Airlines was a very good experience, which was quite a surprise to be honest given that I had to google the name of the company before booking the flight to check their ratings. This is the reason why I decided to make a review with the footage I shot during the trip. I also included a "How to" section to get from Bangkok airport to the city center. The first flight was on a Boeing 737. Good leg room but no tv or any entertainment. The crew was really nice and professional and the food was good (which was a pleasant surprise given the price of the flight) The second flight was, I believe on a Boeing 777. The plane looked brand new with tv, usb and electric plugs. The crew was really cold on this flight and didn't smile once, but they were still professional. Ashgabat Airport (ASB) opened on September 17th 2016. It's massive and brand new. It will most likely become one of the major hub between Europe and Asia. If you need to go from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Don Muang Airport (DMK) to catch another flight allow at least 2 hours for transport. The easiest and cheapest way to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to the city center of Bangkok is to take the subway at the basement level of the airport. I hope you found the review to be useful. Did you like the video? Give a thumbs up and follow the channel – A movie by – Grégoire Mével Subscribe to youtube - http://tinyurl.com/Gregoiremevel Website/Blog - https://www.gregoiremevel.com Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gregoiremevel/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gregoiremevel/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/gregoiremevel – Gear: Panasonic GH4 Audio mic - Audio-Technica ATR3350 Audio recorder - Zoom H1
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Fears of repression under Turkmenistan's shiny surface

Fears of repression under Turkmenistan's shiny surface

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Gas-rich Turkmenistan is once of the most cloistered countries in the world. With rare access to the gleaming capital city Ashgabat, AFPTV investigates claims that repression of freedom of expression is rife in the central Asian country. Duration: 01:52.
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New Ashgabat airport at the Turkmenistan.flv

New Ashgabat airport at the Turkmenistan.flv

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  • Updated: 16 Nov 2011
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This airport is going to establish at the capital of Turkmenistan. It will be 32 km near the Ashgabat. It will be one of the bigger airport in Asia. This airport have historical memories on decoration of design.
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ASHGABAT is my Capital

ASHGABAT is my Capital

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www.youtube.com/incaarts = Direct Channel Access for TOP VIDEOS.
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7 Facts about Kazakhstan

7 Facts about Kazakhstan

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  • Updated: 18 Jul 2015
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Learn, Share, Subscribe ------------------------------------------------ Watch the entire series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbZJ71IJGFRTa_XMM9a4hDh2Yo9CsZzOR Follow: https://plus.google.com/+blinder00 https://twitter.com/Sebastian2Go https://www.facebook.com/official7facts ------------------------------------------------ In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Kazakhstan. If you ask yourself where is Kazakhstan, it is a Eurasian country, with much of its land on the Asian continent. It used to be part of the USSR, but today it’s becoming a booming oil based economy.The capital of Kazakhstan is Astana, but Almaty used to hold that title before 1997. More information about the video content bellow: 1. Astana is one of the world’s newest and most futuristic capital cities. Astana literally means ‘capital city’ in Kazakh. And the capital is the second coldest capital city on earth, with temperatures dipping to -40 Celsius in the winter. 2. Kazakhstani people celebrate three New Year’s Eves. Two official ones, which are the 1 January by the Gregorian Calendar and the 22 March, "Nauryz" – the spring equinox or renewal of nature and 14th of January by the Julian Calendar is the legacy of the Soviet times. This day is called "the Old New Year". Old or new, they celebrate three times a year. 3. It is the largest landlocked country in the world, stretching from Siberia to the desserts of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and from China to the Caspian Sea. It is so large that distance from one end to another is about the same as London Istanbul route. Here one can find practically all climatic zones: from the torrid deserts through steppe and forest to eternal snows of the mountain heights reaching beyond the clouds. 4. The metro in Almaty (former capital until 1997) took 23 years to build and opened in December 2011. This is not because construction was slow, but because funding problems happened after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. But it is finally open and expansion is constantly taking place. 5. Fifty years ago the Aral Sea was the world's fourth inland sea, after the Caspian Sea, Lake Superior and Lake Victoria. It started shrinking due to Soviet irrigation projects, its surface area declining by more than 50 percent, to 30,000 square km from 67,000 square km, between 1960 and 1996. 6. Kazakhstan is unique in that its people, the Kazakhs, did not form the majority of the population upon independence in 1991. Currently the northern part of the country is populated mostly with Ukrainian and Russian majorities while Kazakhs are more prevalent in the south. 7. Located in Kazakhstan, Lake Balkhash is the 12th largest lake in the world, but that characteristic is hardly what makes it interesting. This lake is bizarre because the western part of the lake consists of freshwater and the eastern half is saltwater. Balkhash maintains this unlikely balance in part because the two halves are joined by a narrow straight that is 3.5 kilometers wide and six meters deep. More Info: https://www.teachaway.com/2014/06/18/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-kazakhstan http://www.travelandtalk.info/kazakhstan.htm http://www.meganstarr.com/2014/03/random-facts-almaty-kazakhstan.html http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/06/24/idUSL23248577 http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/kazakhstan.html http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/photos/13-of-the-most-bizarre-lakes-in-the-world/lake-balkhash Music: Pipe ChoirAdam are you free (part 3) http://freemusicarchive.org/ Images: http://www.dentons.com/~/media/Images/Website/Background%20Images/Offices/Astana/Astana.jpg http://www.rustourismnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/25big.jpg https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/56417910/m%3D2048/c0725af2954c5e0b24d885530ef3a59f http://02varvara.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/00-new-year-in-st-petersburg-nevsky-prospekt-05-01-13.jpg?w=1200&h=800 http://aboutkazakhstan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/kazakhstan-steppe.jpg http://www.dolphin.upenn.edu/pibv/craftmap/world_map.jpg http://paradiseintheworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/kazakhstan-almaty.jpg http://d1vmp8zzttzftq.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/beautiful-view-of-big-circle-glowing-fountain-in-dendra-park-of-first-president-nursultan-nazarbayev-at-night-in-Almaty-Kazakhstan-1600x1014.jpg http://www.woroni.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Aral-Sea.jpg https://kaspiascaravan.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/dscf6580_2.jpg http://earthshots.usgs.gov/earthshots/sites/all/files/earthshots/1977%20cropped%20full%20mosaic.png http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/25/Kazakh-Mongolian_Eagle_Hunter.JPG http://www.beforethey.com/media/images/Kazakh/K3.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/Lake_Balkhash_Sep_2007_4.JPG https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/STS039-085-00E_Lake_Balkhash,_Kazakhstan_April_1991.jpg
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TURKMENISTAN: ARCHAEOLOGIST EXCAVATE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF MERV

TURKMENISTAN: ARCHAEOLOGIST EXCAVATE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF MERV

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English/Nat The break up of the Soviet Union has led to the opening up of one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Now an international archaeological team is excavating Merv, one of the most significant capitals on the ancient Silk Route. But just as the world wakes up to its existence, Merv is in danger of being lost. Rising damp from the Karakum Canal, created by the Russians in the 1950s, is disintegrating the ancient mud brick buildings. Today there's not much more than a few disintegrating mud brick monuments. But at one time Merv was one of the major capitals on the ancient Silk Route between China and the West. It rivalled Damascus, Baghdad and even Cairo as a trading centre. Nowadays, few people live here... most trade is done outside the city. Perestroika and the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1992 led to the opening up of Merv to archaeologists for the first time in 70 years. Following this period of openness, the International Merv Project was established with a team of archaeologists from around the world. The I-M-P is co-ordinated by the British Museum, University College London and the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan. Team members include Georgina Herrmann, from U-C-L, and Kakamurad Kurbansakhatov from the A-S-T. During the Soviet period Herrmann knew about Merv only from occasional publications from her Soviet counterparts. When Herrmann first saw Merv she says she was overwhelmed by its sheer size and the fact that the mud brick buildings had survived for more than a thousand years. SOUNDBITE: (English) "Merv is a very special site, among many things because of the way it developed, there are a whole series of cities not built one on top of each other as lets say Jerusalem, but side by side, so each of them is a sort of time capsule offering you the chance to look at it archaeologically right on the surface. And this of course is very exciting, so we can look at the different periods and create the history of the city through the millennia." SUPERCAPTION: Georgina Herrmann, co-director of International Merv Project During the 11th Century under the Seljuq sultans, Merv was one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan centres. Merv was the eastern capital of the Seljuqs, a Turkic tribe whose rule ran from Central Asia westward to Anatolia and southward to Arabia. It was also a famous centre of learning, attracting mathematicians and astronomers from all over the world. The 13th Century saw the end of the Seljuks. Mongol hordes attacked Merv three times - resulting in the death of over a (m) million citizens. Merv was later revived in the 15th Century - when Timurid ruler Shah Rukh, a distant relative of Gengis Khan, built a new city a few kilometres from the ruined Seljuk capital. The Timurid city grew and prospered - but never reached the significance of the Seljuq dynasty. For a time Merv was used as a military base for the Soviet Union's offensive in Afghanistan, and so was completely out of bounds to ordinary citizens - and more importantly archaeologists. In the 1950s the Soviets diverted water from the Oxus River to create the Karakum Canal to enable cotton to be grown in the region. The Karakum Canal caused a double environmental blow. The draining of the Oxus River not only resulted in the drying up of the Aral Sea, but may have condemned Merv's monuments to death. The raised water table has led to a "greening" of the desert. Formerly dry barren land is now covered in grass. Rising damp is eating away the monuments, and large chunks have already disappeared. UPSOUND: (English) SUPERCAPTION: Georgina Herrmann, co-director of International Merv Project SOUNDBITE: (English) You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/19cf71b93e5f5af6577f4e5a44c70048 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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