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Beautiful capital city home to more than one million people with completely empty streets | World | News

Beautiful capital city home to more than one million people with completely empty streets | World | News

[ad_1] On the very western edge of Central Asia lies Turkmenistan, a place largely covered by the desert and unknown to outsiders. It is a sparsely populated state, one of the most sparsely populated nations on the Asian continent, though its capital city, Ashgabat, is massive. Home to a million people and a considerable amount of land, grand monuments and memorials line its streets with everything clean and pristine. Yet, you’d not think so many people lived there, for visitors who travel to Ashgabat report seeing wide avenues empty of people. But why? And what is the capital like? Express.co.uk takes a look at one of the most mysterious metropolises in the world. Ashgabat was founded in 1881 as a tribal village. Fast-forward to 1924 in the Soviet Union’s early days and the region was soon swept under the control of Russia. Ashgabat was made the capital of the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic. The city was built from the ground up but was almost entirely destroyed in the catastrophic 1948 Ashgabat earthquake. Though a tragedy …