Mountains of Gelendzhik: Mount Shahan and the Fortress from The Thunder Gates movie

The previous story about our trip to the Caucasus: Mount Two Brothers, canyon and waterfalls - a one-day hiking trip. And the final chord of our trip to the Caucasus,It turned out to be a walk through the mountains of Gelendzhik, and in particular the ascent to the Caucasus range, where there is a fortress, specially made for the filming of the movie The Storm Gates. A few years ago, when the shooting took place, I was nearby, and I heard frequent explosions. And even then I decided that someday I would get to this place.

The fortress has already turned into an objectvisits to a local landmark. Tourists carry here every day on the UAZ. We, like true connoisseurs of an active lifestyle, went there on foot. In this connection, a group of people from a passing UAZ, envied our good health.

Near the bridge over the river Jean, in the villageRevival is an old military road that branches off perpendicularly to the Novorossiysk-Sochi highway. Here on it about 10 km it is necessary to climb up. By the way, you can drive there by car, though not to the very end.

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Military road to the Caucasus range.

Military road to the Caucasus range.

Military road to the Caucasus range. Mount Gelendzhik.

Military road to the Caucasus range. Mount Gelendzhik.

We climbed up to the mountain Shahan for 3 hours, had a snack and enjoyed the views of the surrounding Gelendzhik mountains.

View from the mountain Shahan.

View from the mountain Shahan.

View from the mountain Shahan.

View from the mountain Shahan.

And then another hour went along a rather flat road.across the Caucasus range to the fortress itself. On the way, they build houses and cafes, apparently for completely starving tourists, or for those who have decided to live here for a while. Views of the low mountains of Gelendzhik, in general, have to this kind of rest. On the way, we met a cyclist, well done man, probably saved so much time, and managed to do more of ours.

Caucasian ridge. Mountains of Gelendzhik.

Caucasian ridge. Mountains of Gelendzhik.

If you have time and assume the night,then from here you can walk to Mount Thab, see the Monasteries cliffs ensemble - famous among the climbers, and go down to the Pshad waterfalls. Apparently, I will implement all this next year, as trips to the Caucasus have already become an annual ritual for me. I invite you to take part in this fairly easy route, but at the same time rich in impressions. Those who do not like to walk, can use the services of horsemen in all-wide uaz.

Decorative fortress for the filming of the movie Thunder Gates.

Decorative fortress for the filming of the movie Thunder Gates.

By itself, the fortress would look quite natural, if not for the cement between the stones. It is quite small in size, and is covered with bullet holes. Although most likely these holes are made by a drill.

The fortress, where they filmed the movie Thunder Gates. Gelendzhik district.

The fortress, where they filmed the movie Thunder Gates. Gelendzhik district.

Fortress for filming the movie Thunder Gates.

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Fortress for filming the movie Thunder Gates.

On one of the walls there is even a detachable stylization under a mural, with faces of some gray-haired old men. And next to the carved silhouette of a lion.

Styling a fresco.

Styling a fresco.

Silhouette of a lion next to the fortress.

Silhouette of a lion next to the fortress.

The descent from the mountains of Gelendzhik was much fasterthan the rise. 2 hours from the fortress reached the asphalt. And if it had not been a callus on the heel, they would have reached even faster, since there one can practically run, while not at all tired.

Mountains of Gelendzhik.

Mountains of Gelendzhik.

Tired and slightly overheated by the May sun, but contented, we immediately rushed to the store for dinner. Fortunately, he is on the way to our camp.

And the next day we stayed in the camp in the village of Renaissance and set themselves a day of laziness, and sunbathed in a meadow next to dolmenswhere they listened to the next stories of the guides, looked at the tourists, putting their foreheads to the plates of dolmens in anticipation of a miracle, and met a child of the forests, who urged us to have juice.

The child of the forests and the Universal dolmen.

The child of the forests and the Universal dolmen.

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