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Literary voyage through the Magtymguly Fragi cultural and park complex

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Literary voyage through the Magtymguly Fragi cultural and park complex
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Meretdurdy Rozyev

The white marble city of Ashgabat, a hub of unique architectural objects and monuments, included in the Guinness Book of Records and awarded prestigious international accolades, has been enriched with a new landmark.

The Magtymguly Fragi cultural and park complex, sprawling in the picturesque foothills of Kopetdag, became a truly grand gift in honor of the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great philosopher and classical poet Magtymguly Fragi.

The architectural-landscape ensemble, crowned by a majestic 60-meter sculpture of the great son of Turkmen, the eminent Eastern thinker Magtymguly Fragi, represents a unified complex where the beauty of nature and the grandeur of human creativity merge in a remarkable combination.

Symbolically, this monumental structure includes an alley of famous poets and thinkers of various countries and eras, emphasizing its significance in the context of intercultural friendship and the unity of humanity's cultural heritage.

Within the park complex, 24 monuments to globally renowned writers and poets from different countries are installed, showcasing sculptures of literary masters such as Sayat-Nova, Shota Rustaveli, Rabindranath Tagore, Yanka Kupala, Du Fu, Honore de Balzac, Chingiz Aitmatov, Adam Mickiewicz, Mihai Eminescu, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Yunus Emre, Grigory Skovoroda, William Shakespeare, Alisher Navoi and others.

Some of the featured writers visited Turkmenistan, like the American poet and writer Langston Hughes, who traveled to several cities of our country and wrote a book about his fascinating journey. 

The work of Chingiz Aitmatov is well known to both the readership and the theatrical public. Turkmen theaters continue to stage plays based on his immortal works "White Steamship" and "Mother Field". 

Studying the work of Magtymguly Fragi and the influence the Turkmen poet had on the formation of modern Turkic literature, our contemporary, Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov wrote: 

"It's easy and simple to talk about it now, these days, when we are equipped with all means of communication. But one must imagine what greatness of spirit must have burned in the poet's heart so that Magtymguly would remain Magtymguly to this day and forever after."

Undoubtedly, the new Magtymguly Fragi cultural and park complex is expected to become a highly visited destination, attracting people to immerse themselves in its unique and inspiring atmosphere.

Taking part in the opening ceremony, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov noted that poetry evenings, creative meetings and song and music performances will be regularly held here with the participation of Turkmen and foreign poets and prose writers.