Tsymyti is a medieval fortified settlement located in the Kurtat gorge, on the banks of Upper Fiagdon river. According to historians, it was built in the XIV century, thei locals’ occupations consisted of cattle breeding, agriculture, bee-keeping and hunting. Tsymyti was also known for its blacksmiths specialized in weaponry.
The settlement had over 30 combat towers, residential towers, crypts, monuments etc. During the Soviet period, the inhabitants were forced out to move and work in the new Soviet collective farms, and the settlement was destroyed.
The architecture is similar to Nakh architecture (Ingush and Chechen towers).
Alania Assumption monastery is a christian settlement located in Khidikus village from Alagirsky district, North Ossetia-Alania. The monastery is situated in the picturesque Kurtat gorge.
Genaldon valley is situated in the western part of Prigorodny district of North Ossetia–Alania, which used to be part of Ingushetia until the 1944 deportation of Ingush people when the territory was transferred to North Ossetia.
The region is rich in glaciers; Genaldon valley has the Kolka and Maili glaciers.
The Genaldon river ends at the Karmadon valley gates.
In 2002, the Kolka glacier collapsed completely and reversed 20 million tons of ice, snow and rock onto Genaldon and Kamardon valleys on an 18 km stretch, which killed 125 people. Only 20 bodies were recovered.
Traditional costumes of Ossetian people, whose land is presently divided into North Ossetia-Alania and South Ossetia.
Ossetians are an Iranic people who migrated to the Caucasus region after their kingdom (located on Volga) was destroyed by the Huns in 374; they adapted to the Caucasian culture, which can be seen in their national costume and traditions.