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The Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

Rekom Sanctuary

Святилище «Реком»
Фотобанк Лори

Rekom Sanctuary is located in Tsey Gorge in the Alagir district. This mysterious structure, at a height of over 2,000 meters above sea level, is of great sacral significance.

Rekom is the only log sanctuary in Ossetia built without the use of nails or any other iron items. Iron was only used for the purposes of decoration. Each log was specially cut according to the grooves of the previous one, so as prevent any gaps.  The log construction is covered with a low wooden roof and is supported on both sides by carved wooden pillars. On the top, they are capped with crests decorated with ornaments and figures of birds. The Sanctuary in its present state was recreated in the 1990s after the original temple was burned down after a lightning strike. Locals without a doubt attribute this event to the anger of the gods.

The name Rekom derives from the name of a deity, the protector of the ancient Ossetian people. People came to him with prayers for good harvest. Women are strictly forbidden to set foot on the territory of the holy place. And men hold this place in deep esteem.



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Address: The Republic of North Ossetia (Alania), Alagir district


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