The Necropolis in Dargavs village in North Ossetia is a ritual complex consisting of 99 two- and four-storey above-ground stone vaults. Sometimes this place is compared to the Valley of the Pharaohs in Egypt.
Historians believe the necropolis dates back to the 16th-18th centuries CE. The first builders of the necropolis were said to be the Mongols, the Nogai, and the Kobans. Scientists say, however, that the city of the dead was erected by the Alans, the ancestors of the Ossetians.
There is a version that a plague epidemic was raging at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries in the mountain gorges of Dargavs, killing tens of thousands of people. Those who contracted the disease, with their entire families and with children in their arms, left in order not to infect their neighbors, going to their preconstructed crypts, where they died. As a result, the population of Ossetia was reduced from two hundred thousand at the end of the 18th century to sixteen thousand in the middle of the 19th century. If this version is correct, then the Dargavs necropolis is the world's biggest monument to plague.
|Address:||Republic of North Ossetia - Alania, Alagirsky District, Dargavs village|