The postcard-perfect beauty of mountainous Ossetia

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Ossetian personality is rarely seen by anyone other than shepherds.

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Anton Agarkov

North Ossetia-Alania is a republic within the Russian Caucasus bordering Kabardino-Balkaria to the west, Stavropol Krai to the north, Chechnya and Ingushetia to the east, and Georgia to the south.

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Anton Agarkov

Uneasy narrations between Georgia and nearby South Ossetia began in the late 1980s. In 2008 a war up against it out in South Ossetia. These events are now called the Five-Day War. The Russian Union and three other countries recognized the independence of South Ossetia. There cast-off to be many tourist spots throughout North and South Ossetia, but after the armed disagreement the number of tourists declined dramatically in both regions.

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Anton Agarkov

The berth in North Ossetia is largely tranquil, although few tourists come here these days as some regard the area to be unsafe.

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Anton Agarkov

Spring arrives late here. At the kick-off of spring, large fields are covered with a colorful carpet of blooming motley nark and mountain poppies.

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Anton Agarkov

Ancient city ruins can be base high in the mountains, mostly destroyed and forgotten.

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Anton Agarkov

At the before you can say Jack Robinson one man is living in an abandoned castle in the Digorskoye gorge in North Ossetia-Alania.

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Anton Agarkov

The most legendary landmark in North Ossetia-Alania is the city of the dead near the village of Dargavs. This necropolis from the 14th-18th centuries is a testament to the harmonious funeral habits of the Caucasus Mountain region. Rich local folk did not bury the dead in the ground, as there was not much of it to go around. Instead they raised special vaults for their deceased relatives. These small cellars can be found on the outskirts of many Ossetian villages, but the necropolis in Dargavs is the largest in the room.

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Anton Agarkov

Oftentimes those that have lived in the mountains for uncountable generations go down to live in the valleys, as life in the mountains has grown too urgently for them, especially in winter.

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Anton Agarkov

Those who decide to stand in the mountains and live according to Ossetian traditions keep livestock out of poverty.

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Anton Agarkov

Tourists who are brave enough to come to North Ossetia find out wonderful untouched nature and traditional Caucasian hospitality.

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Anton Agarkov

It is one possible to reach Chefandzar, with its flower-covered fields and natural mineral springs, by horse. Not tons tourists are ready for such a journey, so border guards and shepherds pull someones leg a near monopoly on the view.

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