Independence Square, Ashgabat

Independence Square
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Independence Square
Independence Square, Ashgabat is located in Turkmenistan
Independence Square, Ashgabat
Native nameGaraşsyzlyk meýdany (Turkmen)
Former name(s)Karl Marx Square
Neutrality Square[1][2]
Turkmenbashy Square[3]
LocationAshgabat, Turkmenistan
Coordinates37°56′6.0″N 58°22′45.8″E / 37.935000°N 58.379389°E / 37.935000; 58.379389
Known forThe Central Square in Ashgabat

Independence Square (Turkmen: Garaşsyzlyk meýdany) is a square in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.[4][5] The identification number of the square is 2000.[6]


By June 2009, the square was renovated, with new fountains, original lamps and benches, being built over the course of six months.[7] In October 2014, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov acquainted with the progress of landscaping on the square, taking a bike ride through the central part of the square.[8]

In September 2021, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Turkmen independence, the largest flat screen tv Central Asia was placed on the government tribune.[9] It coincided with the complete renovation of the government tribune.[10][11][12]

On September 16, a new complex of the State Tribune was opened, built on Kopetdag Avenue in the south of Ashgabat.[13] The former tribune in Independence Square will be reconstructed and renamed into the Business Reception Center of the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace.[14]


The annual Turkmen Independence Day Parade, as well as welcome ceremony for foreign dignitaries visiting Ashgabat are held on the square.[15] Festivities on New Year's Eve occurs on the square.[16] In 2004, Turkmen leader Saparmurat Niyazov ordered that an original fountain be built on the square.[17] In May 2007, a "Star Show" took place on the square dedicated to the Day of Workers of Culture and Arts and the poetry of Magtymguly Fragi, with three powerful telescopes being installed on the central square for people to look into the lens.[18]


  • Oguzhan Presidential Palace[19][15]
  • Ruhyyet Palace[15]
  • Ministry of Defense headquarters[15]
  • Mejlis of Turkmenistan
  • Center of the Social Organizations of Turkmenistan
  • Turkmen State Library[20]
  • Ministry of Textile Industry
  • National Olympic Committee of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat Olympic Swimming Pool
  • State Puppet Theatre
  • Saparmurar Turkmenbashi Military Academy
  • Pushkin Russian-Turkmen Secondary School
  • Foreign Economic Relations' State Bank
  • Embassy of the Kazakhstan
  • Embassy of China


See also


  1. ^ Batuman, Bülent (22 December 2017). New Islamist Architecture and Urbanism: Negotiating Nation and Islam through Built Environment in Turkey. ISBN 9781317358008.
  2. ^ Leonardis, Fabio De (12 October 2017). Nation-Building and Personality Cult in Turkmenistan: The Türkmenbaşy Phenomenon. ISBN 9781351268660.
  3. ^ "The national library, now named in honour of Saparmurat Turkmenbashy but once dedicated to Karl Marx, is a concrete square, completed in 1974". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  4. ^ Planet, Lonely; Mayhew, Bradley; Elliott, Mark; Masters, Tom; Noble, John (2014-04-01). Lonely Planet Central Asia. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781743000786.
  5. ^ "Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. (picture) The Independence Square, with the golden dome Palace of Turkmenbashi on the left and other ministries in the centre". 30 January 2005. Archived from the original on 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  6. ^ Proudman, Simon (13 May 2017). Turkmenistan: Far Flung Places Travel Guide. ISBN 9781546678403.
  7. ^ "Central square of Ashgabat renovated |". 22 June 2009. Archived from the original on 17 September 2021. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  8. ^ "Президент Туркменистана ознакомился с благоустройством главной площади столицы". (in Russian). 3 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-07-15.
  9. ^ "Самый большой мультимедийный экран в Центральной Азии разместили на Правительственной трибуне в Ашхабаде | Общество" (in Russian). 5 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  10. ^ "В Ашхабаде состоится торжественное открытие новой Правительственной трибуны | Общество". Информационный центр (in Russian). 4 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  11. ^ "Правительственную трибуну откроют 16 сентября. Бердымухамедов поручил определить точное время для торжества". 4 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  12. ^ "Новая Правительственная трибуна на юге Ашхабада будет открыта 16 сентября | Общество" (in Russian). 4 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  13. ^ "Президент Гурбангулы Бердымухамедов принял участие в предпраздничной архитектурной премьере". (in Russian). 16 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  14. ^ "Заседание Кабинета Министров Туркменистана". (in Russian). 16 September 2021. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  15. ^ a b c d "Turkmenbashy Square".
  16. ^ "Turkmen President attends New Year festivities in Ashgabat |".
  18. ^ ""Star Show" under way in central square of Ashgabat |". 19 May 2007. Archived from the original on 17 September 2021. Retrieved 2020-12-24.
  19. ^ "Central Ashgabat". Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  20. ^ "Церемониальная Площадь и Здание Правительства". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2019-12-12.

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