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The Durk cave

The Republic of Dagestan, Tabasaran region, village Khuchni

The Durk cave is in Tabasaranskiy region of Daghestan, which was the center of hand carpet weaving of Russia from time immemorial. The caves are situated in the mountains at a height of 800 meters above sea level and they represent two halls. The cave is considered to have been the habitation of ancient inhabitants of the land.  They say that in this exact place the sword of the first disseminator of Islam in Southern

Daghestan – arab commander Maslama was kept. According to old residents, miracle-workers – “ellers” supposedly lived in the cave, and no sinner could walk inside the mountain, because the rocks at the entrance into it closed up and smashed him. The cave used to consist of seven parts, situated one above the other. Only two of them remain until now, 40 and 30 meters long, one under the other, which are covered with stalactites. The rest were blocked up with stones during earthquakes. There is a little passage from the bottom hall, which leads lower to the third hall, where one can hear murmur of an underground river, but tourists don’t go down there. The floors of the halls are covered with small and big carpets, donated by pilgrims. The cave has a peculiarity – sometimes in silent weather it suddenly starts to howl, and the howl is heard far away in the neighboring villages. Then people say: “Durk demands sacrifices”. In the past sacrifices were really made here in order to propitiate the spirit of the cave. Nowadays people come here to pray and to ask healing of sick relatives, the cave is also visited by women who suffer of infertility.  

The excursion takes 5-6 hours. It can be combined with the excursion to the Khuchninskiye waterfalls, which are in 22 kilometers from the caves. The travellers need to have comfortable footwear, a jacket or an umbrella in a case of rain, and women need to have headscarves.

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