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Targim, Ingushetia

Targim is a XII century fortified village situated in Assa gorge – an economic and cultural center of the Vainakh in the medieval ages. The gorge is filled with fortified Nakh settlements, crypts and towers.

The towers carry pagan symbols with Christian influences as the Vainakh (Ingush and Chechens) were partly converted to Christianity by Georgian missionaries.

Assa gorge - Map of Vainakh settlements (Targim circled in blue)

Assa gorge – Map of Vainakh settlements (Targim circled in blue)

Not far from Targim are ruins of ancient churches from this period, one recently discovered in december 2013 – Ancient Christian Church Found in Ingushetia (the most intact christian church is Tkhaba-Erdy).

Tkhaba-Erdy

The Mongol invasion of the XIII century brought an end to Christianity.

 

3D reenactment of Targim village