Azerbaijan International

Summer 2004 (12.2)

The Ali and Nino Walking Tour
by Betty Blair and Fuad Akhundov

Nizami Statue
Husi Hajiyev Street and Istiglaliyyat

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This is a landmark statue to the memory of Nizami from Ganjavi (1141-1209), the "Poet of poets" for Azerbaijanis. He is especially remembered for writing the dramatic poems, "Seven Beauties" and "Leyli and Majnun" many of which have been set to music by Azerbaijani composers. Nizami wrote in Persian, the literary language of the day, but he was from the ancient city of Ganja, which is located in northwestern Azerbaijan. The statue was erected during the Soviet period and the square takes his name as well, Nizami Square (Nizami Meydani).

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