5. Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan One of the world's largest carpets is on display at the Turkmen Carpet Museum in Ashkhabad. With the country becoming very oil and natural gas rich, especially in the 1950s and eventually peaking in the 1970s, the government focused more money on tourism, particularly hotels, palaces and fountains. The city also boasts one of the tallest free-standing flagpoles in the world.
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