How beautiful is the Caucasus at any place, throughout its territory. The Kurtatin Gorge is the best confirmation of this. Along the bottom of this magnificent natural creation, more than 50 km long, the Fiagdon River is comfortably located. A strong, turbulent river, with ice all year round and perfectly clear water. A smooth transition from the diverse greenery of forests to huge mountains and rocks — yes, you can see all this in Ossetia. Fairytale beauty! This is all for which you should definitely visit the Caucasus!
We have prepared a very rich and interesting program. We will visit the male and female monasteries, the famous Sanctuary of Uastirdzhi, the magnificent Trail of Miracles, the mysterious burial grounds of Dzivgis, the watchtower of the famous Kurt and Tag, we will ride a swing over the abyss, we will have lunch in a cafe with local cuisine.
We will leave Nalchik from city center at 9:00.
The monastery was given 15 hectares of land with dilapidated buildings of the former pioneer camp «Voskhod». Gradually, the construction of the monastery began: a temple was erected, residential buildings, a refectory, outbuildings and a house for pilgrims were built. After the tragic events of 2007 in Beslan, a Rehabilitation Center for children who suffered in a terrorist attack was built here. During its existence, the Center has worked with several thousand children and adults. Assistance is provided absolutely free of charge.
Christian relics are kept in the monastery — an icon with a particle of the relics of St. Luke Voino-Yasenetsky, the ark of the Great Martyr Elisabeth Feodorovna with particles of the relics and nun Barbara. Moreover, there is a holy spring of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the waters of which have healing properties.
We recommend bringing empty bottles for water and headscarves for women.
Monument to Uastirdzhi
In ancient times, Uastyrdzhi was identified with George the Victorious, who was the patron of North Ossetia, helped travelers and warriors. Many shrines have been built in his honor, and we will visit the most famous of them. It was built in the 14th century, just when the road to Transcaucasia was being laid. Unfortunately, rockfalls often happened here and sometimes they claimed many lives. To hide from stones, travelers stopped at the very entrance to the gorge and prayed for help from the heavenly powers. Thus the sanctuary was made.
Subsequently, a monument to Uastirdzhi was erected. This is one of the largest monuments in the world. It weighs over 28 tons. A person is freely placed on the palm of the hero. The sculpture was delivered by helicopter. After some time, the sculpture tilted noticeably, and a team of climbers carried out restoration and strengthening work on the monument.
From the side it seems as if the hero on a giant horse just jumps right out of the rock hanging over the road! Amazing spectacle!
Fortress and burial grounds Dzivgis
The most important fortification is of impressive size and is located below. We will be able to look inside by climbing the stone stairs. We will see many small loopholes in the walls. There were fierce battles with enemies. The cave ends with a large recess, resting on a dead end.
The rest of the buildings have a passage through the paths carved into the rocks and all kinds of makeshift stairs. In case of danger, they were quickly hidden so that the enemy could not climb them.
Passing through the territory of Dzivgis, we will get to the ancient burial ground. There are a lot of old crypts here. Through the holes in them you can see the remains of people. Human bones seemed to be mummified in them. It’s mentally hard to be here. This is a real burial with real residents.
A little lower we will see a sanctuary dedicated to George the Victorious. He is carefully cared for by a local family. Holiday feasts are arranged at the sanctuary. There is also a large round stone.
Monastery for men
A little later, the Church of the Holy Myrrh-bearing Women was built. In 2000, a monastery was built in Beslan, which after a while was moved to the Kurtatinsky Gorge and a huge monastery complex was erected.
To get to the monastery we have to climb a steep mountain. But it’s worth it! Climbing the steps, we will see an unforgettable sight — a gorgeous view of the Kurtatinsky Gorge! Ancient towers, majestic mountains, a beautiful river — all this is simply mesmerizing!
In the monastery you can eat and buy Ossetian homemade cheese, herbal healing teas, mountain honey, and icons. All natural, produced by the inhabitants of the monastery.
Kurt and Tag Tower
Unfortunately, due to the conflict, one of the brothers had to leave the village and settle in another gorge. Thus, two large Ossetian societies were formed, to the clans of which many families of Ossetians and the names of new gorges belong — Kurtatinsky and Tagaursky.
A few years ago, it was necessary to carry out strengthening work, as the tower seemed to be descending from the mountain, and there was a risk of its collapse at any moment. In the future, the entire complex will be restored and a historical open-air museum will appear here.
Dargavs is the largest necropolis in the Caucasus, otherwise it is also called the “city of the dead”. Still, almost 100 crypts on the slope of one mountain.
By and large, this is a cemetery, which consists of ancient crypts and medieval tombs. It has no inhabitants. It is quite understandable why there are so many mysteries and legends around this place. In the past, many people were afraid of this place and believed that it was impossible to return alive from there.
This is one of the oldest settlements in Ossetia. Monuments of material culture have been preserved here — dwellings, watchtowers, crypts, places of worship. From the end of the 18th — the beginning of the 19th centuries, when the village consisted of up to 100 houses, 11 family towers have survived here to this day.
Cafe & Departure
|PRICE||1’500 rubles per person|
|DEPARTURE TIME||08:00 from city Nalchik|
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||
|BOOKING OF THE EXCURSION IS MADE AFTER FULL PAYMENT.
IF THE EXCURSION IS CANCELED BY YOU ONE DAY BEFORE DEPARTURE AND BECAUSE OF WEATHER THE MONEY IS NOT REFUNDED.
The program and time of the tour may change. Check with managers for details.