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Located on the edge of the village of Dargavs, in the republic of North Ossetia–Alania, in Russia, is an ancient cemetery or necropolis. It is often called “city of the dead”, although the name is not unique to Dargavs, since the word “necropolis” itself literally means "city of the dead" in Ancient Greek. Dargavs is impressive because of the large number of mausoleums and the absolutely stunning scenery. The cemetery is located on the slope of a hill overlooking the verdant Fiagdon River valley, with several cliffs and 4,000 meters peaks looming above.

The cemetery has almost 100 ancient stone crypts where people that lived in the valley buried their loved ones along with clothes and belongings. The tombs are shaped like huts with curved roofs going inwards in steps with a pointed peak at the top, typical of Nakh architecture. Some of these crypts are 2 to 4 stories high.

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