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20 mysterious places in Russia

 1. Manpupuner. Komi Republic

Manpupuner or Poles are weathered in the Komi Republic. About 200 million years ago, there were high mountains, but water and wind Stoch soft rock. Muncie pillars worshiped as gods, calling the place “mountain stone idols.” Legend Mansi says that in the place where now stand the idols, once broke a terrible battle between their people and the giants. But the angry gods turned to stone giants. Since then, only shamans Mansi people had the right to go up to the mountain to offer prayers to the gods.

2. Ukok Plateau. Altai region

The locals still consider the Ukok plateau sacred place. Shepherds bypass glaciers side, trying not to disturb the peace of the individual tracts. On the plateau is only allowed ritual activities. The most famous discovery made ​​on the plateau – a burial Ak-Alakha. In 1993, archaeologists discovered the mummy of a young noble woman, whose body was covered with tattoos. It turned out that the indigenous people called it Ak-Kadyny or White Lady. According to their belief, the Ak-Kadyny is the guardian of the gates of the underworld.

3. The Devil’s Nose. Karelia

Devil’s Nose is located on Lake Onega. He is known for its petroglyphs, which date back to around the 3rd millennium BC The most famous of them – 2.3 meter “Demon”, which gave its name to the Cape. The monks, who arrived at the Cape in the XVI century, saw the evil in the image, and then knocked over the “feature” eight-pointed cross. Many demons were on the nose, note that there are changing the perception of time.

4. Olkhon Island. Lake Baikal

Olkhon Island – the largest island of Lake Baikal. Its name is translated from the Buryat language as “a little wooded.” On the island, archaeologists still find the ancient ritual and fortifications. Buryat legend says that the island Olkhon – the abode of the spirits of Baikal. The main place of worship was the Shaman Rock or, as it was called before, Stone Temple. Sacral promontory, this is not only for those who practice shamanism. Often, the rock can be seen praying Buddhists.

5. Sami mazes. Karelia

Stone labyrinths or Babylon were built, mostly, on the shores of the seas or in the estuaries. All mazes had religious significance, but by whom and for what purpose they were built, historians still do not know. Many scientists believe that the mazes were built on the burial grounds, to the soul of the deceased could not leave the place of his burial. Babylon scattered along the banks of the White, Barents and Baltic Sea. In Sweden, their more than 300 in Finland – about 140 in Russia – more than 50 pieces. Total stone labyrinths in the world about 500. Their diameter can vary from 5 to 30 meters, and complexity – from an ordinary spiral to Babylon with 6 outputs, 5 of which are dead ends.

6. Whale Alley. Chukotka

Scientists believe that the construction of the mall Whale bones were used 50 bowhead whales. Apparently, the mall was built on a clear project – bone-Ground opposite each other, and the height of each was about 5 meters. Historians agree that the Whale Alley was a ritual place for Chukchi tribes, while it is not mentioned in local legends. Scientists believe that alley equally could be a sanctuary, “Colosseum” and the meeting place of the tribe.

7. Arch. Chelyabinsk region

Arch is one of the fortified settlements of the Southern Urals – “Land of Cities”. The youngest of these monuments – the same age as the Egyptian pyramids. With Arkaima bind many secrets and mysteries. Disposition of the city resembles the sun, and the structure of rings and the radial direction of the buildings are oriented by the stars. Houses in the “city of the sun” were apartment, and some buildings were found pottery and metal workshops. Residents Arkaima, whose appearance was restored by skulls found in the necropolis belonged to the Caucasian race.

8. Vottovaara. Karelia

For Sami mountain Vottovaara had ritual significance. The name of the mountain can be translated as “Mountain of Victory.” Another translation of the title – “sand mountain, wooded” (Trans. Sami: Wachtebeke – “sand”; Vaara – “mountain, wooded”). On top Vottovaara are many Sade – huge boulders that were placed on the “legs” of smaller stones. On the mountain, people often feel a strange discomfort, begin to act up electronic devices.

9. Kashkulakskaya cave. Khakassia

Now Kashkulakskaya cave – tourist site. But two thousand years ago, the first tier of local shamans used as a ritual hall. The walls of the Temple of the grotto is still covered with soot from the many sacrifices. Kashkulatskaya cave appears in many legends, and, most often, quite gloomy. It lost people, strange sounds, and local residents say that in a cave inhabited by the spirit of an evil shaman. Ironically, today in the Temple grotto Khakass shaman rituals are carried out again. Do not lag behind and psychics – they conduct their training in a cave.

10. Dolmen. Western Caucasus

Appointment Caucasian dolmens is not precisely defined, but many archaeologists adhere version that this tomb megalithic. Dolmens were built mainly of sandstone. Methods of manufacturing and transport to the installation plates are still not clear. Many people feel the mood swings that are close to the dolmens. The causes of these anomalies are also unknown.

11. Patriarch’s Ponds. Moscow

Bulgakov is not in vain did Patriarch place where Woland first appeared in Moscow. Legends about the appearance of the devil appeared to people, even when the place was called “three ponds”. Patriarch’s Ponds named after the frightened locals asked the Patriarch of Moscow to sanctify the place.

12. Valley of ghosts. Crimea

On the slopes of the mountain Demerdzhi (with Crimean Tatar – Blacksmith) located valley that locals called the Valley of Ghosts. The main attraction of this place – the stone “mushrooms” which have arisen due to weathering and leaching of rocks. In summer, the slopes Demerdzhi can see fanciful mirages. In winter and autumn mists here are terrible, because of which it seems that in the haze stone pillars move and change shape. Because of the fog rock in ancient times was called Funa or “steaming”.

13. Ayu-Dag. Crimea

Local legend has it that the Ayu-Dag or Bear Mountain actually was once a giant bear. The angry god sent to destroy the tribe has forgotten faith, but the giant saw the beauty of the Crimea and refused to obey his master. In a fit of anger god drew the bear to stone when he went down to the sea to drink. Archaeologists claim that Ayu-Dag had ritual significance for the tribes who lived here in ancient times. On top of the mountain was discovered ancient temples and cemeteries.

14. Teletskoye Lake. Altai

Teletskoye Lake – the second in the country for freshwater. Even in winter the lake does not freeze until the end. There is a legend about the grim “Forest of the Dead” at the bottom of the lake. With a relatively small amount, Teletskoye lake deep enough – up to 325 meters from the waterfall Corbu. The temperature at a depth even in the height of summer does not exceed 4 ° C. Therefore, at a depth of more than 100 meters of the body “preserved” and remain there.

15. Vasyugan swamp. Western Siberia

Vasyugan swamps are sometimes called “Russian Amazon”. Marshes stretched for 573 km from west to east. Their area is constantly growing and is already more than 53 thousand sq. M. km (this is the area of ​​Switzerland). Over the past 500 years it formed 75% of the marshes. Age Vasyugan swamps – no less than 10,000 years. Locals willing to tell legends about what these swamp created hell, who was trying to hide from God’s land.

16. Mount Kholat Syakhl. Ural

Legend has it that during a terrible flood on the slopes of the mountain were saved 10 men and one woman. They climbed to the top, to be saved from the flood, but the waves have time to take ninth men. They have given rise to the Mansi people and mountain, which saved them, named Holotchahl or Mountain of the Dead. The fame of the mountain was because of the terrible incident in 1959 when an unnamed group of Dyatlov Pass died. Until now, the circumstances of death unknown.

17. Death Valley. Kamchatka

Valley on the slopes of the volcano Kikhpinych first opened in 1975. Then it became clear that the air in the valley can be deadly poisonous. The fumes contain critical amounts of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sometimes hydrocyanic acid, which leads to paralysis and suffocation lungs.

18. Devil’s Cemetery, Krasnoyarsk Krai

Ferris Cemetery – perfectly circular clearing in the middle of the forest, it was almost no grass grows. Some scientists attribute the appearance of this “bald spots” with the fall of the Tunguska meteorite, but no evidence of this version has not been found. The locals believe damn cemetery “bad place.” In the clearing were found the remains of a large number of animals, and people who have visited the cemetery next to the bloody, begin to experience physical discomfort.

19. Cape Ryty. Baikal

Cape Ryty replete with rich pastures, but not near human settlements. Locals believe the cape dangerous place and call it the Hare Khushun – angry, angry Cape. Legend has it that because of the infighting three tribes at this point, angry spirit descended on them rural. No real evidence of this legend is not found. But archaeologists have discovered at Cape Rytny stone wall, the purpose of the construction is unknown, tours and stone pots that are likely used as a lamp.

20. Plescheevo lake. Pereslavl

Lake Pleshcheyevo sufficiently known in the country’s history. Here Peter I built a fleet of funny, but here is a monument to the emperor boots. But the local old-timers say the lake mystical place. Sometimes the tourists get lost in the fog on the coast and there are a few days, many of them lose their sense of time. Here, on Plescheevo lake is blue stone, a pagan ritual object. Fixed that the stone was moved several times from place to place. Scientists believe that it moved the ice and draw an analogy with the creeping stones of Death Valley, USA.










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