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Altyn Depe

Altyn Depe is currently considered Turkmenistan's only internationally recognised Zoroastrian Ziggurat.

The Altyn Depe ('Golden Hill') fortress dates back to the III -the beginning of the II millennium BC. It was connected with the formation of proto-town civilization. During the excavations a monumental cult complex with zikkurat dedicated to the God of Moon was opened. In its structural relation "the town" consisted of living quarters of handicraftsmen with narrow (1-1.5 m) lanes between the close many-room houses of the ordinary communers, the quarters of wealthy townspeople, with more regular planning and lanes of 1.7-2.1 m and the quarters for aristocracy with strict distinct planning, wide and straight streets for those time (up to 2.5 m).

A 3-hour drive from Ashgabat, Altyn Depe should be visited in connection with the fascinating Sufi Mausoleum of Meane Baba.
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