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Legends Of The Castle Of Treachery And Love
June 3, 2015 15:16


So, let’s talk about the legend of treachery and love.

Once upon a time there lived a rich prince in these places, and the prince had a daughter Dauta, she was a beauty, as usual. A young shepherd Ali, too young and handsome but poor, fell in love with her. The prince’s daughter felt the same to him. The prince did not see the shepherd as a match to his daughter, he chose another wealthy prince as a husband for his daughter, although that fiancé was far from young. Ali and Dauta tried to escape, but they were chased by the people of the prince. The young men came to the edge of the abyss and realized that there was no way further.

Then Ali and Dauta agreed that it was better to die together than to be separated and decided to jump into the abyss. Ali rushed deathwarts with words of love, while Dauta stayed and looked at him, and realized that she did not want to die at that moment. She returned to his father and married the rich old prince. And the rocks with turrets that witnessed the heartbreaking story were called “The Castle of Treachery and Love”.

They also say that after the story of Ali and Dauta men always let the women come first. According to one version of the legend, Dauta quickly repented and died a year later, tormented by the feeling of guilt. Her father, too, could not recover from the grief and, being inconsolable, turned to stone - his profile can be seen in the outline of the cliff opposite to the restaurant.

The legend of Feodor Chaliapin is more plausible and positive. They say he celebrated in the restaurant “The Castle” (which is probable, for he had a villa in Kislovodsk - now it is the museum of Chaliapin, not far from the railway station). There are two grottoes next to the restaurant, on the left side in the rock.

Feodor Ivanovich climbed into one of them and sang the aria “Demon” from the eponymous opera by Anton Rubinstein in his unique bass – so to say, he enlivened the scene. The grotto partially collapsed with time, but it kept the name – Demon’s Grotto.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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