Amul Settlement, Turkmenabad

The ruins in the ancient settlement of Amul used to be the fortress of Amul's ruler. It is located near the entrance to Turkmenabad about 10 km from the city center. In the 10th century the ancient settlement was a vast square adobe fortress, fortress surrounded by a wide moat filled with water. Each side had a gate which looked at four directions. They were safeguarded by warriors (sarabazs) day and night.

Inside the fortress there were a square, barracks, and food warehouses, the houses of Beck´s relatives and friends and the palace with a fine garden. There was also a prison, which was a deep well, where prisoners were kept on a stone bottom in terrible conditions. From the west and the east the fortress was surrounded with the dwellings of merchants and craftsmen. Now tourists like to visit the remains of the fortress which is regarded as a valuable historical and archeological monument.

Near Turkmenabad, there is the Atamurat city-museum, where you can see the mausoleums of Alamberdar and Astana-baba, which to this day remain a place of pilgrimage for many believers.