Mary proclaimed in 2012 the cultural capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States, again in the center of attention of world community. The international organization TURKIC the city on coast of ancient Murghab is announced by the cultural capital of the Turkic world of 2015.

Margiana, Merv, Mary – these names are inseparably linked history threads, keeping memory of the greatest events to the ancient Turkmen earth. Long time drift sands of Kara Kum hid from all the country Margush which Ancient Greek historians named Margiana. In the Middle Ages under the influence of the Arab language this territory began to call Merv, and nowadays it is Mary Region of independent neutral Turkmenistan.