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2007 Apr by Veikko Huhtala*
At that time we traveled by taxi. If you have |
3 or 4 passengers this is cheap way to travel. Caucasian Republics are very small and distances between republics are very short.
We came to Cherkessk from Pjatigorsk in Stavropol Krai. Cherkessk is capital of Karachay-
Cherkessia with about 120000 inhabitants.
Elbrus is highest mount in Europe and is situated on the border of Karachay-Cherkessia and
Kabardino Balkar Republic. We decided not to go there and anywhere it is easier to make this trip from Kabardino Balkar side I think.
From Cherkessk we continued to Maykop in Adygeya.
2006 Dec by Jorge Sanchez
(Please, read first my Dagestan page if you want to follow my journey around the Caucasus republics)|
SIXTH REPUBLIC: KARACHAY CHERKESSIA
The marshrut took the Bakinskaya Trassa, or the highroad uniting Rostov na Don with Baku. We stopped in Beslan for about 45 minutes.
Passengers from my bus then informed me that, during the last summer, Western tourists where very interested in visiting Beslan because of the recent sinister terrorism act that killed several hundreds of children in a school. There was even a monument besides the school dedicated to that massacre that the excited tourists photographed with anxiety.
I considered the idea of walking there, but arrived to the conclusion that I would feel miserable if I would go to visit that monument, like an idle tourist, so I preferred to remain in the bus station premises drinking chai. When reassuming the journey and passing close to that school I made the Christian sign of the cross over my body.
People in Cherkessk where very agreeable, most were Muslim. I found two Orthodox churches, one open and one closed. The mosque was not interesting at all, and is situated at the end of the town.
Along the street Kirov there is a double line of Soviet Union heroes’ statues. Cherkessk is a quiet capital.
After Cherkessk I travelled to Maykop.
Please, open my Adigea page if you want to follow the end of my journey around the Caucasus republics.