It is impossible to be in Dushanbe without visiting the Rohat Teahouse. It is in the centre of the city, next to the Presidential Palace. Rohat Teahouse is not only a place where you can try Tajik cuisine, but also a museum and visible embodiment of beautiful national architecture. The National paintings on the ceiling of the other teahouse - Saodat, on Rudaki Avenue opposite the Tajik Medical University are no less impressive.
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 (13th century), one of the best hand-written copies of Firdausi's epic Shohnoma (16th 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.
The Tajik Academy of Sciences building
The state complex Kohi Vahdat (Unity Palace) is in the northern part of the city. It has several halls in the complex, the largest having a capacity of over 1,500 seats, in which large social and business meetings, forums, conferences, symposia, congresses, and other important national and international events are held.
The northern part of the city holds the three largest universities of the country - the Q. Juraev Tajik Pedagogical University (the first higher education institute of the country, opened in 1931), the Abu Ali Ibni Sino Tajik Medical University and the Tajik Agrarian University. Tens of thousands of students study at these universities.
A monument to the founder of Tajik-Persian classical poetry, Abu Abdulloh Rudaki, who lived and wrote more than 1,000 years ago, is in the square in front of the Agrarian University and will draw the attention of visitors to the city.
The Botanical Gardens of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan are located on one of the backstreets crossing Rudaki Avenue near the Agrarian University. It was founded in 1933. More than 2,000 species of plants from all over the world grow here. Collections of more than 600 species of roses and more than 30 species of juniper are of great interest.
Tajik State National University