Ashgabat is the capital city of the country of Turkmenistan (formerly part of the USSR). The city is also known as Ashkhabad. Directly translated from Persian, the city’s name literally means “City of Love”. Ashgabat was also known as Poltoratsk (from 1919 to 1927). The city was founded in 1818. Today Ashgabat has an estimated population of about 909,000 people. This photo of the Ashgabat Skyline has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 13th of April 2011.
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