Tajikistan, Khudjand, Mountains, Statue, Ismail Somoni

Legendary figure

Ismail Samani, founder of the powerful Samanid kingdom that dominated Central Asia in the 10th century, is now a legendary figure in Tajikistan. The statue of Samani now watches over Khujand (formerly Leninabad), the country’s second largest city.

Credit: Hubert-Félix Delattre (France)

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