The largest and most impressive of the parks, built in Ashgabat during the post-independence period is the Park of Independence of Turkmenistan. It was first founded in 1993 and forms a rectangle almost 2km long and just under a kilometer wide. The Independence monument with 19 statues of famous historical figures of Turkmen history is in this park too. The Independence monument was built in 2001 commemorating the 10 years anniversary of country’s Independence. It is 118 meters white marbled column based on a dome-like structure and makes the monument one of the highest buildings of the City. In the Park of Independence one can also see the Rukhnama monument and Altyn Asyr shopping center.