Ashgabat – 2000
The design of the Independence Monument is inspired by the historical heritage and the strong cultural symbols of Turkmenistan. The traditional Turkmen tents and the headdress worn by Turkmen girls called 'gupba' are among the important cultural symbols. These symbols became a source of inspiration for the base of the monument.
The Medieval ruins at the Daşoguz province, in the northeast of the country, are among the important values of the country. The upper part of the monument evokes the historical Kutlug Timur Minaret that is located among these archaeological remains. Independence date of Turkmenistan is 27 October 1991. The Independence Monument commemorates this date with a 27 meter steel construction, an observation platform of 10 meters in diameter, and a 91 meter concrete tower.
The Independence Monument adorns Turkmenistan's banknotes. The monument also houses an exhibition gallery with historical works and is encircled with the statues of folk heroes.
The monument is built on a total area of 84,500 square meters.