Admire a landmark of the capital city at Statue of Ismoil Somoni, an impressive bronze statue of the national 10th century hero. The statues stands on a huge red marble stairway pedestal flanked by two cross-legged lions. Standing in front of a monumental arch topped by a large gilt crown, Isma’il ibn Ahmed--founder of the Samanid dynasty who renounced Zoroastrianism, embraced Islam, and even gave name to national currency--holds a gold-leafed coat of arms of the country. Erected in 1999, this 25 m (82 ft) tall monument honors the 1,100 anniversary of the Samanid Empire. Climb the pedestal to get a nice view behind the monument. Use our Dushanbe trip builder to visit Statue of Ismoil Somoni on your trip to Dushanbe, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Ismail Somoni was a ruler and hero of this region and there are many places named after him in the city. The statue is across from the Parliament buildings, and from teh Rudaki Park and National... more »
This statue of the country's national hero is located at the Azadi Square and is worth a visit for a quick photo stop. more »
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