Tajikistan’s capital and biggest city is Dushanbe.
In Persian, the word dushanbe means “Monday.”
It got its name from a community that used to have a prominent market on Mondays. Until 1929, the city was known as Dyushambe (Russian: амe), and from 1929 until 1961, it was known as Stalinabad.
The city of Dushanbe has a population of 778,500 people.
Dushanbe – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 778,500 / Metro: 1 051 200|
|TIME ZONE :||Tajikistan Time (UTC+5) Summer: Tajikistan Time (UTC+5)|
|LANGUAGE :||Tajik (official), Russian (widely spoken)|
|RELIGION :||Sunni Muslim 85%, Shia Muslim 5%, other 10%|
|AREA :||124.6 km2 (48.1 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||706 m (2,316 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||38°32′12″N 68°46′48″E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 50.20%|
• Female: 49.80%
|ETHNIC :||Tajiks 83.4%, Uzbeks 9.1%, Russians 5.1%, Others 2.4%|
|AREA CODE :||372|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+992 372|
|WEBSITE :||Official Website|
Tourism in Dushanbe
- Tajikistan National Museum(Tajik Unified Museum)
- Vahdat Palace
- Dushanbe Flagpole—It is the second tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, at a height of 165 metres (541 feet)
- Dushanbe Zoo
- Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments (Gurminj Museum)
- Dushanbe Synagogue (destroyed in summer 2008)
Climate of Dushanbe
The climate of Dushanbe is Mediterranean with significant continental influences.
Summers are hot and dry, while winters are cool but not bitterly cold.
The climate is wetter than that of most Central Asian cities, with an average annual rainfall of more than 500 millimetres (20 in) due to moist air being funneled by the surrounding valley throughout the winter and spring.
Winters are not as cold as they are farther north since the city is protected by mountains from severely cold air from Siberia.