Rudaki Park and the monument to the poet Muhammad Rudaki in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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Rudaki Park

Top choice in Dushanbe

Extensive Rudaki Park, with its beautiful canopy of mature trees, offers a series of pathways through flower gardens and alongside lakes and fountains. Home to the giant flagpole and a much-photographed statue of Rudaki, and with glorious views of the city's iconic new buildings and monuments, it makes for a great location for a picnic in summer or snowy vistas in winter.

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1. Rudaki Statue

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