Ashgabat is the capital and main economic centre of Turkmenistan. It is located in the Karakum Desert, in an oasis, next to the Kopet Dag mountains, near the border with Iran. Its population is approximately 1,031,992 in 2008.
Ashgabat is in a way a young city, in its beginnings it was a village founded in 1818 with the same name and from which it developed. It is located near the original site of Nisa, the ancient capital of the parthians, and of the ruins of the city of Konjikala on the Silk road, which was razed by the mongols.
The Russian army built a fort on an elevation near the village in 1869, which attracted many merchants and craftsmen to the area, due to the security provided by the military presence. In 1884. Russia annexed the region, and dedicated itself to developing the city as a commercial hub because of its proximity to the territory of Persia, which was under British influence. The city was then regarded as a modern and elegant city, with many shops, hotels, and European-style buildings.
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