Friday, 13 May 2016


Dushanbe , is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language. It was so named because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. Until 1929, the city was known in Russian as Dyushambe , and from 1929 to 1961 as Stalinabad. 
Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon, Dushanbe is the capital of Tajikistan. Although archaeological remnants dating to the 5th century BC have been discovered in the area, there is little to suggest that Dushanbe was more than a small village until the early 20th century.
The first written mention of the village Dushanbe found at the end of 1676. It was at the crossroads, where a large bazaar occurred on Mondays, hence the name Dushanbe-Bazar from Dushanbe, which means Monday in the Persian language. In the village, there were more than 500 households and a population of about 8,000 people.
Source: Wikipedia

Thanks to my friend Nathan who sent this card 
from his Central Asian travels. This was the 2nd Tajik
card I'd received but the first one with a real stamp on it :)
Sent: 21 October 2014   Received: 12 November 2014  Travelled: 22 days

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