Architecture in Ashgabat
When we speak of Turkmen architecture, we can’t forget about its main architect. After all, he’s also the main doctor, inventor, rescuer, teacher, the wisest and the most generous, the master of land and sea, none other than the great Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç Berdimuhamedow himself (applause, ladies and gentlemen!). Before him the main architect was the great Turkmenbashi; that’s just how it is, and there’s no other way. Only the tsar in Turkmenistan decides how the city looks. Architects here are never named, as the architect is secondary, and individuality in architecture is unacceptable. The stars of world architecture are not invited to Turkmenistan like they are to the nations of Arabs, Kazakhs, and Chinese. Because, of course, there can only be one star in Turkmenistan, and his name is the Sun: Berdimuhamedow, the Sun of the Turkmen people. And Ashgabat is his city.
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