Kezenoy-am is the largest and deepest lake in the North Caucasus, located at the border of Vedensky District of the Chechen Republic and Botlikhsky District of Dagestan, on the southern slope of the Andiysky Ridge, at an elevation of 1,869 m above sea level.
Legend says that an aul once stood where the watery stretch of the lake now runs. Once, an angel dressed as a pauper descended to Earth and went to beg the residents of the aul for shelter for a night. However, no one let the beggar inside the house. Only a poor widow whose dwelling was at the very edge of the aul took pity on the shivering pauper. The next morning, he recommended her to leave the settlement as soon as possible so as to save her family from harm. The woman listened to her guest. As soon as she went past the borders of the village, an earthquake started in the mountains, followed by incessant rains that quickly flooded the aul, leaving only a lake as a reminder to residents of the area of the importance of the laws of hospitality and human virtue.
Due to its size, the lake is also known as the Andian Sea. The lake was created after a major landslide that occurred approximately 600-700 years ago on the southern slope of the Kashkerlam Ridge and blocked the valley of the Ansalta River. The lake water is crystal-clear, and the depth of the reservoir in its deepest point reaches 70 m. Rare species of trout inhabit the lake. At the same time, even in summer, the temperature of the water does not exceed 10°C. During the Soviet period, the training base of the USSR Olympic rowing team was located on the shores of the lake.
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