Gamsutl ghost town in Dagestan

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Gamsutl is a village in the in Gunib district of the North Caucasian Republic of Dagestan in the Russian Federation.

On the top of Mount Amalye, in the Gunib region of Dagestan, lies the beautiful abandoned village of Gamsutl. Historians claim that Gamsutl,is one of the oldest settlements in Dagestan, and centuries ago there was a khan’s tower or fortress.
Artifacts of various eras and religions were found on the territory of the village: Christian crosses, gravestones with inscriptions in Persian, on the facades of houses one can still distinguish Arabic script, and the door of one of them is decorated with the Star of David.

Gradually, the village grew, the population grew, and even in the twentieth century life was in full swing here. The village had shops, a school, a post office, a hospital and even a maternity hospital. A mobile cinema has arrived in the village. But the inhabitants gradually left the village, their homes, and about forty years ago the village was deserted. The reason is very prosaic: people left for just for a better life. Since then, interest in the abandoned picturesque village, as if stuck on the mountainside, has only been growing. Hundreds of tourists visit it every day.

Access : Coordinates: / 42.303134, 46.996565 / Location : Dagestan, Gunib district / The village is located in the Gunib district of Dagestan. To get to it, you need to go along the R 276-277 highway towards the village of Gunib.

Highlights :

  • The ghost village of Gamsutle, called “Machu Picchu of Dagestan”, as well as the ancient village of Chokh.
  • Translated from the Avar word “gamsutl” means “at the foot of the khan’s fortress”, from which local historians conclude that once, in ancient times, the khan chose this place to build his fortress or khan’s tower. The place for the fortress was not chosen by chance: the village is located at the very top of the mountain, at an altitude of about 1500 meters above sea level, from where the surroundings are clearly visible. In addition, the village is surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes, so getting here is not easy.
  • People left it about 30 years ago, and the last resident, or as he called himself “the mayor of Gamsutl” – Abdulzhalil Abdulzhalilov died in 2015.
  • The only indigenous inhabitant – an old man named Abduljalil. He is called “The Last Hero” in Dagestan.

Go next : Chokh is a village in the Gunib district of Dagestan. / the village of Gunib / the village Sogratl.

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