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The Gunib Plateau
April 14, 2017 16:40


 The Gunib Plateau is a vast flat top of the Gunib Mountain of the Big Caucasus rising between the rivers of Avarskoe Koisu and Karakoisu.

The plateau stretches from West to East and is surrounded by the natural walls of limestone sheer drops. Thus, it resembles an island raised above the ground to a height of 1,500 meters and represents a natural fenced fortress.

Gunib has waterfalls and springs, forests and subalpine meadows, the air is curative here, there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year, so according to climatic conditions and qualities, the plateau can be compared to the Swiss Davos and domestic Teberda. It was for the first time used as a health resort during the second half of the 19th century, right at the end of the Caucasian war which determined the particular historical value of Gunib: in 1859 the plateau became the place of the final battle between the forces of the Imam Shamil and the troops of the General Baryatinsky.

The confrontation ended with the capture of Shamil, which dropped a curtain over the half-century Caucasian war. The monuments to the Caucasian war are the main attractions of the Gunib Plateau.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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