Khunzakh plateau is located in the heart of Caucasus mountains in Khunzakhsky district, Dagestan. It sits at altitude of 1700-2200 meters.
The village standing on the large plateau – Khunzakh village, stands on the ancient Avar settlement that used to be the capital of the Avar Khanate. The independent powerful state lasted from the 12th century to the 19th century, when it was dissolved by the Russian invasion. The village has been destroyed and rebuilt repeatedly.
The rivers flowing from the plateau down below form the 20 km long Khunzakh canyon.
Not far from the village, in Matlas lies a memorial dedicated to Leo Toltstoy and Hadji Murad (the Russian poet who write on the Caucasus wars and the Avar leader who resisted the Russian occupation).
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