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Civic Center Plaza Park, San Francisco: 7 reviews and 18 photos

  Ashurbanipal Statue in Civic Center
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  • Ashurbanipal Statue in Civic Center - San Francisco
      Ashurbanipal Statue in Civic Center
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      Multilingual dedication
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  • Assyrian Statue Near Asian Art Museum - San Francisco
      Assyrian Statue Near Asian Art Museum
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On the south side of the old main library building, now restored and showcasing the Asian Art Museum, and right near the greatly admired Pioneer Monument, stands the Assyrian memorial to the ancient empire builder and library founder Ashurbanipal. This is a fine bronze statue dedicated in 1988 when the building was still a library, but since the statue is also a dedication of sorts to Asian art and literacy, the statue still fits well with the newer purpose of the building. The brass plate has a "rosetta stone" dedication of sort, which includes the Assyrian language, as well as a brief history of Ashurbanipal's contributions. The statue is a reminder that California has a sizeable Assyrian immigrant population, mostly found living in the San Joaquin Valley area. A self-reliant Christian people from the Middle East, Assyrians are more broadly known for the short lived military empire of the 7th century BC, but less so for a unique language and writing system that has dedicates itself to a high degree of literacy.

Address: Grove & Larkin, San Francisco, CA 94102
Directions: Civic Center
Phone: (415) 831-6330

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2007
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