13.12.11 08:42

Monument of Neutrality inaugurated in Turkmenistan

The Monument of Neutrality was opened in Ashgabat on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of Turkmenistan's neutral status, which is marked in the country on December 12. The monument embodies the continuing commitment of the Turkmen people to the ideals of peace, creativity and goodness. The monument was erected in the southern part of Ashgabat, along one of the main roads of the capital – Bitarap Turkmenistan Avenue.

The opening ceremony was attended by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, government officials, public representatives, who laid flowers at the monument.

According to official information, the parameters of the structure symbolically reflect the historical date of December 12, 1995. The total height of the Monument of Neutrality is 95 meters, including a 12 meter high sculpture of the first President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov on top of the monument.

The multilevel structure is decorated with bronze bas-reliefs with gilt, depicting the important events from different historical periods of the Turkmen state - from ancient times to the era of independence. It displays images of the founder of the nation – Oguz Khan Turkmen and his six sons, the image of carpet patterns, ancient monuments, images of the Turkmen riders on Akhalteke horses, and various scenes from the life of Turkmens.

Inside the building is the Museum of neutrality, which consists of three halls. The museum’s exhibition depicts the country's ongoing domestic and foreign policies and important events in the modern era.

Residents and visitors of Ashgabat can view the sights of the white marble capital city from two viewing platforms, as well as a panoramic elevator, which is the main axis of the Monument of neutrality.

Flagpoles with the flags of the United Nations member countries encircle the monument. There are cascading fountains, decorative gazebos and cafes in the adjoining parkland.

In the evening, a gala concert featuring popular artists of the country was held near the Monument of neutrality to celebrate this memorable date. By tradition, celebrations in the capital finished with grand fireworks.

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