Don’t let the Sun go down on me!
The Statue of Saparmurat Niyazov in sun worship pose. The statue faces the sun at all times during the day.
“President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has ordered the giant syringe-like structure that towers over low-rise Ashgabat to be removed to a southern suburb, state media said. The tower, known as the Arch of Neutrality because Niyazov said one of his biggest achievements was to ensure Turkmenistan’s neutrality status, is topped by a 12-metre (40-foot) gold-plated effigy of the leader. With arms outstretched as if to embrace his subjects from the lofty perch, Niyazov rotates once every 24 hours, tracking the path of the sun from dawn to dusk”
The monument it its full glory
Next to the monument is the Earthquake ‘museum’…
…and of course the dome..
Ashgabat has a large collection of ancient parthian relics in its museums. I thought it was more than a coincidence that places as far away as Turkmenistan on the Iranian Border have set out their monuments and museums in the same way as the likes of Paris and London. Of course I realise I might just be full of shite, just like your average forum gossip. …. but what do ‘you’ think of this monument?