Gunibskaya hydroelectric dam

Gunibskaya dam Dagestan Karakoysu river Caucasus mountainsGunibskaya hydroelectric dam, named Rasul Gamzatov (Dagestani poet) – built on Karakoysu river (“Black river”) in Gunibsky district of Dagestan. It represents a modern facility (built 1995-2005).

On Karakoysu river lies another hydroeletric dam – this time the oldest in Dagestan (built 1930’s) by the name of Gergebilskaya.

Despite having high-capacity and large hydro-plants, Dagestan’s energy is used mostly for exports to other republics/countries. Electricity shortages are common in Dagestan. Read more below

Dagestanis Seize Power Stations to protest electricity shortages

Dagestan in Blackout Crisis

 Electricity cutoffs in the capital of Dagestan and social unrest

Gunib hydroplant Dagestan river mountains

Gunibskaya hydro Dagestan Karakoysu river Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Karakoysu  north Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Karakoysu  Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya  Dagestan Karakoysu river north Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya HPS hydroplant Dagestan river mountains

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Karakoysu river Caucasus mountains .

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Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Caucasus mountains

Andalan Memorial complex at Gunibskaya

Andalan Memorial complex at Gunibskaya

Gunib Dagestan North Caucasus Great Caucasus mountains

Andalan Memorial complex Dagestan Gunib

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Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Karakoysu river Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya  Dagestan Karakoysu river gorge Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya dam Dagestan Karakoysu Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya Dagestan Karakoysu river Caucasus mountains .

Gunibskaya dam Dagestan Karakoysu river north Caucasus mountains

Gunib  Dagestan mountains landscape Karakoysu  river

Gunibskaya HPS hydroplant Dagestan

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan landscape Karakoysu river Caucasus mountains

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Karakoysu river Caucasus mountains landscape

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan mountains Karakoysu river

Gunibskaya hydroplant Dagestan Karakoisu river Caucasus mountains

 

Mamison pass/ abandoned settlements

abandoned Lisri in Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains best natural landscapes

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.

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 were already destroyed most probbaly during the Caucasian war.

1882 – Lisri village. Still inhabited, however the towers are visibly destroyed.

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old photo Lisri Mamison pass North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe

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Kliat village Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains .

Kliat village ruins

Lisri Mamison pass North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe

Lisri Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains beautiful scenery

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ruins  Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

ruins Lisri Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe

Christian church built in late 19 century, after the Ossetians converted to Christianity

Christian church built in late 19 century, after the traditionally pagan Ossetians converted to Christianity

Lisri Mamison pass North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Mamison gorge North Ossetia beautiful Caucasus mountains scenery river

Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Desolate ruins from the Soviet era - a common sight across ex-soviet republics

Desolate ruins from the Soviet era – a common sight across ex-soviet republics

Watchtower

Watchtower

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Mamison gorge pass North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Mamison gorge river North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Lisri tower Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe

Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains people

village ruins Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Lisri Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe

Lisri in winter Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Lisri in winter

Aphids village

Aphids village

Tower ruins

Tower ruins

Lisri Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Lisri Mamison gorge North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe .

autumn scenic landscape Lisri Mamison pass North Ossetia Caucasus mountains eastern europe

Transcaucasian Highway (North Ossetia)

Vastirj St. George statue Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia  Caucasus mountains amazing landscapes

Transcaucasian Highway crosses North Ossetia and Georgia; it was built in the 1970’s to replace the outdated Georgian/Ossetian military road.

In North Ossetia it crosses mostly through Alagirsky gorge (Alagirsky district).

Alagirsky gorge Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains beautiful landscape

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains beautiful scenery

Alagirsky gorge Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia  Caucasus mountains eastern europe

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia North Caucasus mountains russia eastern europe

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

Alagirsky Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains road .

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Alagirsky gorge North Caucasus mountains

Transcaucasian Highway tunnel North Ossetia Caucasus mountains

gorge Alagirsky saint George sculpture Vastirj St. George statue Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia  Caucasus mountains

28 tons statue dedicated to Saint George (old pagan deity “Vastirj” was blended into Orthodox Christianity as St. George). Ossetian society uses on a mix of old pagan customs incorporated into Christian beliefs.

Vastirj St. George statue  North Ossetia  Alagirsky gorge  Caucasus mountains

Vastirj St. George statue  North Ossetia  Caucasus

Vastirj St. George statue Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia  Caucasus mountains russia eastern europe

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains road gorge

Transcaucasian Highway North -Ossetia North Caucasus mountains road russia eastern europeTranscaucasian  Highway north Caucasus mountains landscape

Stalin painting tribute Soviets Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia North Caucasus russia eastern europe

Rock painting dedicated to Stalin

Transcaucasian Highway artilery North Ossetia North Caucasus

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia North Caucasus mountains gorge

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia North Caucasus mountains .

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains road

Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia Caucasus mountains russia eastern europe

Alagirsky gorge Transcaucasian Highway North Ossetia North Caucasus mountains russia eastern europe .

Alagirsky gorge North Ossetia North Caucasus mountains russia eastern europe