Historic Digoria region, North Ossetia-Alania

Caucasus mountains old settlement Alania national park Digoria North Ossetia-Alania

Digoria is a historical region in the northern part of the Great Caucasus Mountains, compromised of today’s Irafsky and Digorsky districts in North Ossetia-Alania. The name originates from Digor people (an Ossetian subgroup). The Digor were deported by Stalin to Siberia. Many died during deportation; the survivors returned after Stalin’s death in 1957.

Alania national park occupies half of the territory of Digoria. Digoria has the second largest glacier in the North Caucasus – Karaugomsky. Having been place of an ancient trade route, one can still find remains of multi-towered cave based fortress, the temple of Saint George built in 17th century and sanctuaries. * George – the heavenly warrior, patron and protector of warriors was highly  revered in the ancient Ossetian land; his local name is “Wasgergi”.

Archeological excavations at 2000 meters altitude have also revealed 7000 years-old pottery.

Ossetia traditional costumes Ossetian people

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.