Boldumsaz is located in Turkmenistan
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 42°08′N 59°40′E / 42.133°N 59.667°E / 42.133; 59.667Coordinates: 42°08′N 59°40′E / 42.133°N 59.667°E / 42.133; 59.667
CountryFlag of Turkmenistan.svg Turkmenistan
ProvinceDaşoguz Province
DistrictBoldumsaz District

Boldumsaz, formerly Kalinin and Voro’silovabad, is a city and capital of Boldumsaz District in the Daşoguz Province of Turkmenistan.


A fortress, atop a square plateau, is still visible from afar.[1] Scholars hold the name of the place to means, "Fortress in a Marshy Place".[1]

However, local people advocate for another hypothesis infusing folk-lore.[1] One Khan commissioned an architect to build the tallest minaret of the world at some nearby region (variably Khiva or Konye-Urgench), but planned to execute him post-completion, lest he replicate the designs elsewhere.[1] The architect got to know of this plan, used his resources to construct wings (alongside the minaret), and flew away from the minaret evading Khan's men.[1] He landed at the fortress, and exclaimed the Turkmen equivalent of "Safe and Sound", which was changed to the current name of the city with passage of time.[1]


The city has been identified with the medieval town of Nyzvar, which was sacked by Mongols; however, this identification has been contested.[1] During the Soviet period it was called Kalinin, in honor of Mikhail Kalinin.[2] Soon, it was renamed to Voro’silovabad after Kliment Voroshilov.[2] In 1993, a Presidential decree issued by Niyazov led to the present name.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Brummell, Paul (2005). Turkmenistan. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-84162-144-9.
  2. ^ a b Everett-Heath, John (2020-10-22), "Boldumsaz", Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-190563-6, retrieved 2021-10-18
  3. ^ Landau, Jacob M.; Kellner-Heinkele, Barbara (2001). "Lexcial and Orthographic Intervention". Politics of Language in the Ex-Soviet Muslim States: Azerbayjan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan. Hurst. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-85065-442-1.
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