The ancient city of Merv was an oasis city on the Silk Road. It was occupied by Imperial Russia in 1884, triggering the Panjdeh Incident between Afghan forces and the Imperial Russian Army. The modern settlement was founded later that year as a Russian military and administrative post.
Ashgabat National Museum of History Museums of Turkmenistan The National Museum of History contains major treasures discovered in every part of the country. The most interesting exhibitions are represented by the archeology and ethnography departments.
Ashgabat (Turkmen: Aşgabat, pronounced [ɑʃʁɑˈbɑt̪] ; Russian: Ашхабад, tr. Ashkhabad, IPA: [ɐʂxɐˈbat]) — named Poltoratsk (Russian: Полтора́цк, IPA: [pəltɐˈrat͡sk]) between 1919 and 1927, is the capital and the largest city of Turkmenistan in Central Asia, situated between the Karakum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range.
Carpet Museum Museums of Turkmenistan When one first thinks of Turkmenistan, deserts and oil wells first come to mind. However, when it comes to art and culture, carpet weaving is by far the most predominant image. For a Turkmen, carpet weaving has the same importance as the pyramids to Egypt.