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Firdausi National Library.
Walk on places of interest of Dushanbe.
The A. Firdausi National Library is one of the most beautiful buildings in the capital in which traditional local details blend together with modern architecture. There are more than three million books from a variety of world languages in this temple of literature's depositories.
It contains an invaluable treasury of human knowledge including the ancient oriental manuscripts collection, which is a particular pride of the library. Among the most unique and rare manuscripts are the History of Tabari (XIII century), one of the best hand-written copies of Firdausi's epic Shohnoma (XVI century), a collection of Jomi's works, Seven Beauties, poems of Hofiz, rubai (4-line stanza poems) of Omar Khayom, and an anthology of poems by Saadi.
Manuscripts of the works of Avicenna, Alisher Navoi, Tusi, Ghazali, Bedil, Ahmad Donish and other famous writers, scholars and enlighteners of the Orient are also carefully preserved in the collection.
There are about 100,000 books in 34 languages in the foreign publications collection. The library has thematic catalogues and several reading-halls. Opposite the library is a Press house built in the 1930s which is one of the first large printing houses in Dushanbe.
The first printing equipment was delivered to the capital in 1925 from Termez by a camel caravan.
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