russia_insider (russia_insider) wrote,
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The city of dead

This September almost by an accident, or should I say without planning it beforehand I ended up in the Republic of North Osetia, which is a part of Russia, one of the North Caucasus republics. A friend of mine works in the capital city of the republic, and I went to visit him and he offered to go and see local place of interest with pretty tempting name - The city of dead. Certainly I agreed, unfortunately I didn't have my SLR with me, but fortunately modern small cameras are pretty good too, so I used my small camera which usually I use at work to make some pictures.

First short post about the trip with a LOTR tower you can find here (http://russia-insider.livejournal.com/60198.html)

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Basically it appeared to be more of a village, though called the city by local people. These small houses ahead on the mountain slope are actually it.

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The other name of this place is Dargavs. Google maps surely knows it in case if you'd want to get coordinates.

Closer view from the road.
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Some pictures will be taken from the tower you can see in the right part of the next picture.
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It cost you about $3 to enter the area, as it's considered something in-between the museum and national park or something like that.

The walk path to the burial houses.
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So truth to be told, this is in fact a cemetery and these are open cripts.
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Inside you can see bones and sculls of people dead long ago. Some say that they would come to die here themselves while they were still alive.
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Front view of one of the cript houses.
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For some reason the place is not gruesome or scary in any way. Mountains around, the wind, the skies, all this makes the place light in some way.
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The mountain dry air affects the bodies somehow and inside you can actually see mummified bodies.
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View towards the road we used to get to the place.
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It's really beautiful around.
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The tower was probably restored recently. But it looks and built exactly the same way it was hundreds years ago. These were watch and defense towers.
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Views from the tower
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And just a couple of views around
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This was one of the strangest places I visited. Nothing special maybe, but still it left some trace. It's only a couple hours away from the big city with night clubs and supermarkets and it makes a great contrast. Old shepherds we were asking for directions looked like they appeared from 19th or 18th century and barely spoke Russian. Next year I will definitely try to get there again.
(And the valley road is great too, driving pleasure with a lot of turns, nice pavement and very few cars, almost like in Swiss alps roads I guess, not worse).

Tags: mountains, photo, russia
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