The «Courage» Earthquake memorial

Tashkent is situated in an active seismic zone, the strongest earthquake occurred here in 1866, 1868, 1886, 1924 and in 1966. The historian Muhammad Solihkhuja who lived in Tashkent in XIX ccha dwritten in his “New History of Tashkent” about how the domes of Khoja Ahror cathedral moisque had collapsed after the earthquake of April 1866. But the earthquake in 26 April 1966 was the most damaging as the epicenter of it was not deep and directed from the epicenter towards southeast. Reports quoted 8 persons dead, 300 thousand people rendered homeless and the destruction of many government, public buildings and schools. Under a decree of the government, urgent measures had been adopted for the restoration of Tashkent. During a 3,5 year period, with the help of the people from all part of the former USSR, Tashkent had been reconstructed. Anew satellite city named Sergeli appeared, 3200 sq. meters of living apartments were built. The monument staying behind the Turkestan concert hall depicts an Uzbek man protecting a woman and a child from the earth opening before them.

Alisher Navoiy monument

The widely recognized 350 years anniversary of the founder of the Uzbek classic literature of the XV cc, was celebrated in 1991 in Tashkent by the creation and unveiling of Alisher Navoiy;s thoughtful statue placed under the dome in Tashkent’s National Garden of Uzbekistan near to Oliy Majlis (Parliament). The inscription inside the dome, quotes the wise verse of Navoiy saying:

Truthfulness is the essence of honorable people
Two things are seen within it
Firstly, be honest not only in words
But also in thoughts and deeds

These words are still challenging people and newlyweds to come and put flowers at the statue to acknowledge good deeds. The very clean green zone and charming flowerbeds around the monument, beautifully completed the surrounding garden and the “Navruz” summer concert stadium in the Beshyoghoch daha.