Nasimi monument, Baku, Azerbaijan 

This statue of Nasimi, the genius poet and thinker of Azerbaijan, can be seen on the famous Nizami Street where it insects with Samad Vurgun Avenue. Seyid Imadeddin Nasimi was a fourteenth century poet. He wrote philosophical poetry dealing with mysticism, love and beauty. His works can be found in Turkish, Arabic and Persian.

He was born in Shirvan which was the hub of culture and poetry of that era and studied Hurufism. He traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. He died in Aleppo, Syria in 1418. His lyrical style and elegant divan work made him very popular among the people but the Muslim scholars of that time declared him a heretic. This is a beautiful statue erected in the midst of a shopping street.

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