Museum in Dushanbe

National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan

Though the interior is dowdy and poorly illuminated, the archaeological collection here is excellent. In many cases what you'll see are the originals from which copies were made for the outwardly far grander new Nat…
Museum in Dushanbe

Gurminj Museum

Hidden within a private family compound behind unmarked green gates is a three-room collection of antique musical instruments from all across Central Asia. What makes the place special is that local musicians often …
Park in Dushanbe

Botanical Gardens

The extensive Botanical Gardens are a favourite of canoodling couples. The east-central entrance gateway is designed in ancient Iranian style and dotted between the trees are beautifully carved wooden pavilions.
Museum in Dushanbe

National Museum

Opened in 2013, the impressively airy National Museum is especially strong on archaeological exhibits, both real and recreated. The reconstruction of the Ajina-Tepe Buddhist monastery site is particularly successful…
Flag in Dushanbe

Bayrak (World's Tallest Flagpost)

Built to commemorate 20 years of independence, the world's tallest flagpole (165m) is the centrepiece of Dushanbe's growing ensemble of fountain-parks and public buildings including the new National Library and the …
Statue in Dushanbe

Statue of Ismoil Somoni

Dushanbe’s most visible monument to nation-building sees the 10th-century founder of the Samanid dynasty, emerging through a giant crown-topped theatrical hoop waving a wand. Rising behind him the Parchan is a gold-…
Notable Building in Dushanbe

Writers’ Union Building

Tajikistan’s Persian past is invoked in the facade of the Writers’ Union Building. It’s adorned like a medieval cathedral with saintly, sculpted-stone figures of Sadruddin Ayni, Omar Khayam, Firdausi and other write…
Statue in Dushanbe

Rudaki Statue

On his pond-fronted garden plinth, beneath an impressive blue mosaic arc full of stars, Rudaki appears to be taking a curtain call after a 10th-century X-Factor performance.
Market in Dushanbe

Green Bazaar

The bustling and colourful Shah Mansur Bazaar is the heartbeat of Dushanbe trade and the best place to stock up on travel snacks from dried fruit to Korean kimchi.
Park in Dushanbe

Victory Park

For the best views over the city, watch the sun set over a draught beer from Victory Park whose impressive WWII monument is also worth a look.