Mamison pass (2900 meters altitude) stretches from North Ossetia, to South Ossetia and Georgia.
Due to the political tensions between Russia and Georgia, the pass is closed to tourists.
Several old villages spread along the Mamison gorge (supposedly built between the 15-17 centuries), though not much has been studied about their history and at present lie abandoned as they have yet to receive “monument” status.
Lisri village was the biggest settlement in the gorge with 14 watchtowers; today only 7 dilapidated towers are left. Though siding with the Russian Empire during the Caucasian wars, the Ossetian settlements were not spared from destruction.
1882 – Lisri village. Still inhabited, however the towers are visibly destroyed.
Kliat village ruins
Christian church built in late 19 century, after the traditionally pagan Ossetians converted to Christianity
Desolate ruins from the Soviet era – a common sight across ex-soviet republics
Lisri in winter