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From Ashgabat’s falcon-shaped airport to Dushanbe’s giant flagpole, and more than a few Eyes of Sauron, the Stans don’t shy away from eye-popping architecture

1. International airport terminal, Ashgabat

The $2.3bn terminal in the shape of a flying falcon was opened in September 2016 by the Turkmenistan president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. The building reportedly has the capacity to process up to 1,600 passengers an hour – although the airport is yet to see many international tourist

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Dushanbe Ashgabat Astana Tajikistan Turkmenistan Asia Kazakhstan