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The towns in the Caucasus Mineral Waters resort complex of Pyatigorsk, Zheleznovodsk, Yessentuki, and Kislovodsk have been famous since ancient times. Thermal waters, therapeutic springs and mud have rejuvenated millions of people. However, Stavropol Krai has more to offer than health resorts. Archeologists have discovered 20 settlements and towns here, some of which are more than three thousand years old. The traditional life in Stavropol is associated with vine growing and wine making. On the slopes of the Mashuk hill is a modest monument commemorating the duel fought by the writer Mikhail Lermontov, and a statue to the famous literary character Ostap Bender can be found at the entrance to Proval Cave.More about the region