Caucasian Knot | North Ossetian residents outraged by tourist photos of ‘City of the Dead’

After tourists posted their photos with the remains of those buried in the Dargavs necropolis on social networks, residents of North Ossetia again called on the authorities to close the “City of the Dead” for visits.

The “Caucasian Knot” reported that in August 2021, a video filmed by a tourist at the “City of the Dead” resort caused widespread public outcry. The young woman is suspected of having abused human remains. The suspect complained of receiving threats on social media and explained her behavior out of ignorance and confidence that the bones were fake.

The architectural and ethnographic complex “City of the Dead” located near the village of Dargavs in the Prigorodny district of North Ossetia includes 97 crypts of the XIV-XVIII centuries and is under the protection of UNESCO. It is the largest necropolis in the North Caucasus.

Photos taken outside and inside the “City of the Dead” were posted on August 12 on the social network “VKontakte”. Among other things, the photos show human remains, skulls and bones.

In their comments to the post, some users of the social network condemned the author. “At the entrance, the guides warn tourists that they should not climb into the burial places, or even take a look at them. But you can’t stop our people. Some smart guys disturb the ashes of the dead; they take out their bones as keepsakes. No respect for the dead, no fear for their future,” user Svetlana Menchikovawriting in particular.

The administrator of the Telegram channel “Mash Gor” drew attention to the message. “North Ossetian residents call again to close the ‘City of the Dead’ in Dargavs – another curious tourist with a camera climbed into the crypts. This time he posted his photos from inside on the social network,” the admin wrote, posting edited photos in his post.

This article was originally published on the Russian page from 24/7 internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ August 14, 2022 at 6:24 p.m. MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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