Exactly 140 years ago on the 12th of January 1881 after 20-day daytime siege Goekdepe fortress fell – the last stronghold of resistance of the Turkmen to the expeditionary corps.
One of the most dramatic pages of Turkmen people’s history is related with this date.
As per different estimates at the day of assault from 6 to 8 thousand Turkmens died, most of them lay down without giving up.
The feat of the courageous defenders of the fortress has forever remained in the people's memory; a majestic mosque was erected on the territory of the Geoktepe fortress in 1993-95. The fortress itself was declared a State
Historical and Cultural Reserve. In 2009, the National Museum “Geoktepe” was opened, dedicated to the history of the Geoktepe battle of 1881. On October 6, 2014, the Memorial Complex “People's Memory” was opened in Ashgabat, in honor of honoring the dead Turkmens, including in the Geoktepe battle.