Tashkent Independence Square, Ankhor Park and the Monument of Courage

Arch of Ezgulik, Tashkent

Tashkent Independence Square, Ankhor Park, and the Monument of Courage are three significant landmarks that are located next to each other in the central area of Tashkent.

These spots offer relaxation and hold historical and cultural relevance for both tourists and locals. Together, they form a 1km strip of gardens, fountains, and monuments of national pride for Uzbekistan.

This post is one of our string of articles on the most popular parks in Tashkent.

Tashkent Independence Square

Tashkent Independence Square

Known as Mustaqillik Maydoni in the Uzbek language, Tashkent Independence Square features a large open square adorned with fountains and arches.

The square is highlighted by the iconic ‘Arch of Ezgulik’ (Arch of Humanism) with Uzbek stalks gracefully hovering atop a globe.

Towards the back of the square, you’ll find the ‘Monument to the Independence of Uzbekistan’, commemorating Uzbekistan’s departure from the Soviet Union in 1991.

This monument replaced an earlier one dedicated to former Soviet leader Lenin and now features a statue of a mother with her child, sitting under a large metallic globe.

Due to the presence of government buildings and military police guarding the area, this place has somewhat of a militaristic feel to it. However, you can freely explore most of the square.

Keep in mind that the square lacks shelter from the sun, so it’s advisable to avoid visiting during hot weather.

Independence Monument, Tashkent
Independence Monument, Tashkent

Although the actual Independence Monument is not accessible to the public, you can catch a glimpse of it through an alley of hedges, which makes for a nice photo opportunity, albeit from a distance.

Ankhor (Canal) Park

From Tashkent Independence Square, take a walk towards the north, where you’ll come across a collection of large fountains. This will lead you to Ankhor Park, a small and secluded cozy park primarily covered by wooded areas.

If you’re seeking a shady spot to relax away from the sun, Ankhor Park is the ideal choice.

Ankhor Park Trees

It’s important not to confuse this park with the lively Ankhor Lokomotiv Park just 10 minutes from here.

Nestled among the trees, you’ll discover the ‘Square of Memory and Appreciation,’ which consists of a collection of war memorial monuments.

Among these monuments is an ever-burning flame next to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Memory Lane.

This ‘Memory Lane’ section comprises two temple-like corridors lined with commemorative metallic ‘pages’ that bear the names of those who lost their lives during the war.

Despite being surrounded by busy traffic on three sides, this spot provides relative tranquility.

In Ankhor Park, you’ll witness locals enjoying picnics, reading books propped up against trees, or even playing acoustic guitars. There are few benches, so it’s advisable to bring a blanket for your comfort.

Ankhor Canal Park
Hiding From the Sun

Tashkent Monument of Courage

Tashkent Earthquake Memorial
Tashkent’s Earthquake Memorial

Located to the north of Ankhor Park is the Monument of Courage, which was constructed in 1976 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the devastating 1966 Tashkent earthquake.

This earthquake resulted in the deaths of 8 people and left a further 300,000 people homeless.

The city underwent a massive reconstruction effort, and the Monument of Courage stands as a testament to the resilience of the men and women who worked tirelessly to rebuild the city within a few years.

Situated near the epicenter of the earthquake, the monument depicts a man, woman, and child standing defiantly in the face of the disaster.

Monument of Courage, Tashkent
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These days, while visiting the Monument of Courage, you may encounter crowds of skaters, but it’s still worth a 10-minute stop if you’re in the area and looking for a memorable photo opportunity.

Looking for things to do in Tashkent? Read our full list of Tashkent tourism activities.

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