Azerbaijan International

Summer 2000 (8.2)
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Statues in the Archways
Akhundov National Library

Niyazi Statue - Akhundov Library

Photo: Famous maestro Niyazi featured in the Akhundov Library archways.

So many statues (especially those of Lenin, Stalin and Kirov) were dismantled in Azerbaijan upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. But the 15 replicas standing in the arches of the Akhundov National Library are the same originals that graced the balconies when the building was constructed nearly 50 years ago. These individuals are still revered today as having made some of the greatest contributions to the cultural development of society. All figures are Azerbaijanis unless designated.

Left to right, starting from the side of Turkish Embassy:

Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209) Poet
Shota Rustaveli (12th century) Georgian poet
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) Russian poet
Mahsati Ganjavi (12th century) Poetess
Dmitri Mendeleyev (1834-1907) Russian chemist who created the periodical classification of elements
Hasan bey Zardabi (1842-1907) Founder of Akinchi newspaper (1875)
Maxim Gorky (1868-1936) Russian writer
Uzeyir Hajibeyov (1885-1948) Composer
Samad Vurghun (1906-1956) Poet
Bulbul (1897-1961) Singer
Niyazi (1912-1984) Conductor
Rasul Reza (1910-1981) Poet
Sabir (1862-1911) Poet
Ajami (12th century) Architect
Soltan Mohammad (16th cent.) Artist

Compiled by Farida Sadikhova and Aynur Hajiyeva

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