Ancient Egikal is the largest medieval tower complex in the mountains of Ingushetia. It was a political, administrative and cultural center of the medieval Targimskaya basin. The castle stands on the southern slope of Mount Tsey-Loam, two kilometers far from the river Assa. Hundreds of buildings that once comprised a powerful township are scattered on the hillside in the Assa gorge. High hillocks offer a good view of the picturesque Assa valley. Far away, some other tower complexes can be seen, those of the villages of Hamhi, Targim, Pui, and the millennium-old Tkhaba-Yerdy Christian temple.
Before the deportation of the Ingush in 1944 people lived in the village of Egikal. Today, Egikal is an uninhabited tower complex, open-air museum, preserved ancient city, the streets of which welcome those willing to touch the centuries-old history.
The village was famous for its artisans passing the craft from generation to generation. There were skilled gunsmiths, blacksmiths, potters, jewelers here, as well as brave warriors and folk medicine experts. Dozens of families and talented people known throughout Ingushetia come from Egikal, including Idris Murtuzovich Bazorkin, classic of the Ingush literature. He is buried here at the family cemetery.
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