The most important statues are in Sühbaatar Square (Сүхбаатарын Талбай - Sühbaataryn Talbai), in the very heart of the city, in front of the Parliament building. And in the very heart of Sühbaatar Square, of course, is the statue of Damdiny Sühbaatar himself.
|View of Sühbaatar Square from the south|
|Mongolian script on the east face of the statue|
|Across the square from Sühbaatar, Chingis Khaan himself watches over the country from the steps of the Parliament building. Note the two equestrian statues in front.|
|Close-up of the Great Khan. This is the closest I got. Then the police stopped me.|
Diagonally across the street from the square to the southwest (and directly across from the central post office) is a much smaller statue of S. Zorig (С. Зориг). Leader of Mongolia's democratization in the 1990s, he was murdered in 1998, shortly before he was to become prime minister. His killer remains unknown.
|This statue, on the corner of Peace Avenue southwest of Sühbaataar Square, commemorates Zorig. It reads, С. Зориг - Монголын ард түмнээс, "S. Zorig: from the Mongolian people."|
|Guitarist, on the the avenue connecting the State Department Store and the National Circus. The other side of this wall has statues of the Beatles.|
|Obviously, a statue of Marco Polo. Near Ulaanbaatar Hotel.|
|Byambyn Rinchen (Бямбын Ринчен), one of the foremost Mongolian writers and scholars of all time, in front of the National Library. (I was sure I had a close-up picture of him, but I can’t find that either.)|
A number of other historical figures and events are commemorated throughout the city.
|Bazaryn Shirendev (Modern Cyrillic, Базарын Ширэндэв; in script, Bajar-un Sirindib), next to Urgoo Cinema 2 (Өргөө Кино).|
|Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal (Юмжаагийн Цэдэнбал) - the longest-lasting leader of modern Mongolia. Next to the National Drama Theatre, and across the street from the Library and the Rinchen statue.|
|Б. Цэрэндорж (B. Tserendorj) - first prime minister of independent Mongolia.|
|Schoolchildren and a giant book, next to the National University of Education (Монгол Улсын Боловсролын Их Сургууль).|
|Predator statue at The Arizona Center. I don't have a clue what this is about.|
|Ram in front of the Natural History Museum (Байгалийн түүхийн музей)|
|Imitation Turkish stone in the sidewalk of Baga Toiruu or "Little Circle" road (Бага Тойруу).|
|Whirling dervish on the sidewalk. Baga Toiruu, getting close to the State Department Store.|
|Sidewalk dervish, seen from the south|
|I think this is near the National History Museum.|
|Relic of Soviet times, across the street from the train station.|
|The four friendly animals: bird on top of a rabbit on top of a monkey on top of an elephant, in an island in the middle of the road where it curves. Northwest part of the city.|
|Random Gargoyle far from the center of the city.|
|Statue of the Buddha at Zaisan. To the right, out of the picture, are the luxury apartments.|
|Stone lion guarding the Buddha|
|Memorial to the Mongolian tank brigade|
The tank says:
Монголын ард-түмний хөрөнгөөр байгуулагдсан хувьсгалт - Монгол танкийн бригад Гитлерийн Германы эсрэг дайнд оролцсон юм
The Revolution that was established by the Mongolian people - The Mongolian tank brigade participated in the war against Hitler’s Germany.