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Turkmenistan is perhaps one of the most mysterious countries in Central Asia with a somewhat bizarre recent history that has left it with a unique architectural legacy based around the cult of its former leader Saparmyrat Niyazov.
The capital Ashgabat is a fascinating place to observe this legacy but your lasting impression of this country is likely to be the stark beauty of the surrounding Karakum Desert that covers over 80% of the country and is home to the bizarre burning gas craters of Darvaza.
Historic Silk Road cities also dot the desert, including the fascinating oasis city of Mary and the vast haunting ruins of Merv, once the largest city in the world.
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