Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Uzebekistan 1 Sum 1994 UNC
Front: Uzbekistani coat of arms
Back: Navoi Opera & Ballet Theatre in Tashkent

Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre is the only theater of such a high level all over Central and South-East Asia. The building was constructed in 1947. It is unique, because it was the first building planned on the territory of Tashkent. The contest for project of the building’s construction was announced in the 30-ies. Architects from almost all the republics of the Soviet Union took part in this contest. Forty seven best projects were submitted to the Government and selection lasted the whole month. As a result, there was selected the project of academic Schusev. This well-known Soviet architect designed Lenin Mausoleum, Kazan railway station, many stations of the Moscow underground.

According to his project the appearance of the building should be national, but in compliance with the European standard of quality. Schusev turned to the folk artists, and it was agreed that in the design of the building should be a lot of wall paintings, carvings, ganch. Later the inner space of the theater was divided into 6 lobbies and was decorated in the traditional style of the different areas - Bukhara, Samarkand, Khorezm, Termez. Read more

Information Obtained from www.tashkenthotels.ru

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