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The Mountain Village Of Gunib
April 17, 2017 16:40


The Gunib mountain village (aul) where Shamil was hiding got virtually destroyed during the bloody battle. After the events a Gunib fortress with a Russian garrison was built there.

A fortress wall and its gates -  Lower Gates of Baryatinsky and the Upper Gates of Shamil – have preserved. Another monument near the Fortress of Gunib is the Tsar’s Glade linked to the Emperor Aleksandr II. The Tsar traveled to the Caucasus in 1871 and gave a breakfast for the officers here. The royal meal took place under field conditions, because there was not even a required number of tables and chairs throughout the district. 

Today the mountain village of Gunib is divided into two villages — the old Verkhny Gunib and newer Nizhny Gunib existing from 1862 onwards and concentrating the modern life. Verkhny Gunib and its surroundings have a special protected status of a Natural Park. The territory of the Park includes the Soviet Tourist Centre called “Eagle’s Nest” and the children’s health resort called “Gunib”.

The villages Verkhny Gunib and Nizhny Gunib are connected by a serpentine road. A Park of Victory named after Rasul Gamzatov, dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War, stands between them, and has a magnificent viewing platform and a monument to “White Cranes”. Several kilometers away from the mountain village of Gunib there is a  Mountain Botanical Garden. 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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