Tejen

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Tejen
Tejen is located in Turkmenistan
Tejen
Tejen
Location in Turkmenistan
Coordinates: 37°23′N 60°30′E / 37.383°N 60.500°E / 37.383; 60.500
Country  Turkmenistan
Province Ahal Province
Elevation 161 m (528 ft)
Population
 • Total 52,000

Tejen (older spellings: Tedzhen, Tejend, Tejent) is an oasis city in the Karakum Desert, in Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. It lies along the M37 highway, between Dushak and Mary, 223 kilometres (139 mi) by road southeast of Ashgabat.[1] It has a population of approximately 52,000. To the east is the larger oasis of Merv.

The town contains the Charman Ahun Mosque, the Hotel Tejen, and numerous fertiliser and textiles factories.

History[edit]

In 1883 it was occupied by General Komarov during the Russian conquest of Turkestan. In 1916, when the Turkmens participated in a revolt against the Russians, Tejen was a hotbed of activity.[2]

Economy[edit]

Tejen is known for its melon production, and contains numerous fertiliser and textiles factories. It is also known for its narcotics, which are known locally as "Tejen tea".[3]

Landmarks[edit]

The town contains the Charman Ahun Mosque and the Hotel Tejen.[3]

Wildlife[edit]

Historical records indicate that the Caspian tiger occurred in this region.[4]

Transport[edit]

It is a stop on the Trans-Caspian railway, and in the 1996 a new line to Mashhad in Iran was opened.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google (9 October 2016). "Tejen" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Turkenistan". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Brummell, Paul (2005). Turkmenistan. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 129–30. ISBN 978-1-84162-144-9. 
  4. ^ Geptner, V. G., Sludskij, A. A. (1992) [1972]. "Tiger". Mlekopitajuščie Sovetskogo Soiuza. Moskva: Vysšaia Škola [Mammals of the Soviet Union. Volume II, Part 2. Carnivora (Hyaenas and Cats)]. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation. pp. 95–202. 

Coordinates: 37°23′N 60°30′E / 37.383°N 60.500°E / 37.383; 60.500