Which country has the most unusual capital city?

My vote is for Ashgabat in Turkmenistan.

  • Guinness World Records has recog­nised it as “the city having the highest density of white marble-clad buildings”: 543 and counting.

  • The Alem Cultural and Entertainment Centre is another holder of a Guinness World Record, for having the largest indoor Ferris wheel. More than 150 feet high, the wheel offers splendid views of the city

  • Turkmenistan’s tallest building, a television tower perched on a hill overlook­ing the city, has its own Guinness World Record for “the largest architectural star

  • The Presidental Palace has golden statues as far as the eye can see along with mable and other precious metals coating the nearby landmarks

Sound like a place you would want to visit???Don’t be fooled.. Türkmenistan is an autocratic nation, which has about as many human rights as North Korea and is considered one of the most oppressive nations in the world. The entire city of Ashgabat seems to be a multi-billion dollar smoke-and-mirrors facade in which to fool the international public about the actual deplorable way of life for most Türkmenistan citizens. The ghost city is built to entertain thousands of people, yet is rarely ever used by anyone.

Everything is done to appease the president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. Along any central street through which the president might pass, it is forbidden to open windows, install air conditioners or satellite dishes and hang clothes.
Stray dogs are brutally killed since the president hates animals(except horses). The authorities developed infrastructure, but didn’t use qualified specialists: as a result, in the hot summer months, some neighborhoods suffer for days without water and electricity, while in the center of the city fountains flow around the clock and lights burn brightly for no one.It seems that Ashgabat is one of the oddest and creepy capital cities to date. My heart goes out to the poor citizens trapped there.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Norma Fife
What a deplorable waste of money and resources while the citizens suffer.
Apr 23, 2019 5:36PM
If the ferris wheel is indoors, how can one have a splendid view of the city?
Feb 15, 2019 9:36AM
Norma Fife, Wasting resources seems to be what governments do, for whatever reasons they deem needed to the detriment of its citizens. It seems to be just what they do instead of attempting to alleviate the suffering and poverty of its citizens. It seems kind of strange to criticize one nation’s use of resources and allowing others to slide, as if they were not doing the exact same things for their own selfish reasons. The Rethug Party voted to ignore their citizens votes and do whatever the Party felt was right in any election; how is that any different than what Turkmenistan is doing? Stop the hipocrisy!
Dec 26, 2022 4:38PM
Lynne Cage
What a waste of bloody money just to please a president. Another country where the citizens suffer 🤮
Oct 28, 2022 6:07AM
Craig Story
Had no idea about any of these facts. Very interesting and extremely disappointing.
Jun 13, 2022 4:59PM
Beautiful photos thanks for sharing
Oct 15, 2021 4:31PM
David Groom
konrad, Gold is mentioned at the beginning.
Oct 2, 2021 5:09PM
John Hunt
What a waste fantastic place but not a place to go
Feb 25, 2021 6:04AM
MARBLE AND OTHER PRECIOUS metals? Since when is marble a METAL, dorks?
Jun 15, 2020 1:21PM
Helga U. Williams
Sounds like East Berlin before the Wall came down. All facade at that time.
May 26, 2020 4:08PM
Helen Gray
Ex Communist- say no more.
Dec 20, 2019 1:37AM
Katherine Kite Bennett
Can the people that live there leave? Why stay in a city/rules that horrible?
Nov 11, 2019 9:33PM
Love these articles you get to know more about the world
Aug 29, 2019 5:03PM
Cheryl McMeekin
From what you see in pics, it's beautiful; but when you abuse they people it's really Ugly.
Jul 25, 2019 12:06PM
Margery Morris
A Dubai taxi driver told us that Dubai too is a “ghost” city, in that the majority of the skyscraper buildings are empty with lights on timers to come on at night. Just built to impress and look like a busy metropolis.
May 2, 2019 5:21PM
Chriss Crockford
I wouldn't want to go there.
Mar 17, 2019 6:21PM

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