Bahram Gur statue is a monument and the fountain of the same name in the capital of Azerbaijan, in the Baku city, in the territory of a small square in front of the Baku funicular. The bronze sculpture depicts the hero of the poem Nizami “Seven Beauties” (“Yeddi Gözəl”) of the Sassanid Shahinshah of Iran Bahram Gur, who kills the serpent dragon with a sword.
A monument was erected in 1959, when three student friends – Aslan Rustamov, Albert Mustafayev and Gorkhmaz Sujaddinov took part in the competition for decorating improvement of Baku. The architect of this work is Vadim Shulgin.
The appearance of the fairy-tale hero is written off from Albert Mustafayev – one of the authors of the sculpture.
Bahram Gur statue is one of the first professional works of the honored artist of Azerbaijan Gorkhmaz Sujaddinov, as well as the first in Azerbaijan sculptural monument to the literary hero of one of the poems Nizami Ganjavi.
The monument symbolizes the victory of good over evil, since the dragon in Eastern mythology was a symbol of evil. In Soviet times, when sculptures were everywhere set for the leaders of the world proletariat, and plaster girls with paddles stenciled on stencils, workers and collective farmers, the appearance of such an allegorical composition was fraught with great difficulties. Only thanks to the then mayor Alish Lemberanski, Bahram Gur statue took a worthy place in the decoration of the city.
Bahram Gur was a historical figure and was a 14th shah of the Sassanid dynasty. He was remarkable for his courage and justice. In 439, the Shah was killed as a result of the coup by his courtiers. His name for a long time was shrouded in legends.
Several centuries later, in the 12th century, the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami made Bahram Gura the main character of his poem “The Seven Beauties”, also known as “Bahramname”.