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Gunib: Gazebo Of Shamil
April 15, 2017 16:40


The main attraction of Gunib is most commonly called the gazebo (or the rotunda) of Shamil, pushing aside another Hero of the events that happened here on August 25, 1859 - the Prince Baryatinsky. Baryatinsky’s Stone and the Gazebo of Shamil are one and the same thing.

The rotunda named after the legendary Imam was erected in 1893 over the boulder near which the Prince Baryatinsky waited for the surrender of the defeated Shamil. The gazebo is situated on the territory of Verkhny Gunib, below the historical settlement destroyed during the four-day battle. A trail from the Gunib Victory Park leads to it.

The construction itself was restored in early 2000s, since the gazebo was blasted by the Wahhabite extremists in 1995. This was not the first attempt to destroy the monument; it was attempted in the 1920s, during the mountain rebellions. It is noteworthy that the boulder itself always remained intact, and the gazebo has provided to be more vulnerable.

The dome was initially topped by a bronze double-headed eagle, and a plaque with the inscription: “The General Field Marshal Aleksandr Baryatinskiy was sitting on this stone, taking the captive Shamil” was hanging on the wall next to a stone. The reconstructed rotunda is devoid of these details. 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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