Mountain snake of Mineralnye Vody

Mount Snake, almost a kilometer high (to be precise, 994 m), is a natural monument and one of the most interesting natural attractions of Mineralnye V

Mountain snake of Mineralnye Vody

Mountain Snake of Mineralnye Vody
Mountain Snake of Mineralnye Vody 


Mount Snake, almost a kilometer high (to be precise, 994 m), is a natural monument and one of the most interesting natural attractions of Mineralnye Vody. The name of the mountain comes from the Turkic "Zhlak-tau"- "snake mountain". This mountain was named so because its slopes were completely cut by narrow winding ravines and ditches, which in shape from afar resembled crawling snakes. Today the mountain does not have such ravines, and all due to the fact that minerals are minded here, and the slopes of the mountain are covered with quarries and adits.

Another version of the origin of the name of the mountain is the option that once its slopes were literally swarming with snakes, among which there were also poisonous ones. But historically, this fact is not confirmed by anything, and the old-timers of Mineralnye Vody do not remember this. Today there are practically no snakes here, although the flora and fauna of the mountain are very interesting. The forest on the slopes has about 60 different types of trees, and such rare plants as euonymus, ash, wild rose and lily grow here. Gazebo "Eolova Harp" of Pyatigorsk

The name of the mountain Snake comes from the Turkic "snake mountain" - its slopes were completely cut by narrow winding ravines and ditches, which in shape from afar resembled crawling snakes.

Mount Snake is of volcanic, or rather, magmatic origin. Its upper part in the form of a picturesque rocky ledge is formed by a special rock - beshtaunite, which is now actively mined and used in the production of construction crushed stone. The lower part of the Zmeyka consists mainly of shale. There is a quarry and a stone processing plant. 

There are two interesting monuments on Snake Mountain, both of them dedicated to the Great Patriotic War. This is a monument to the workers of quarries who died during the war, and a monument to a group of paratroopers who landed here in 1942. There are stone crosses on the top of the mountain, and on the western slope there is a deposit of mineral waters with a special composition. Not so long ago, an unusual stone structure was discovered here. During the excavations, it turned out that this is an ancient masonry with the remains of household items, dishes, dating back to about 7-9 centuries AD.

A little higher than the discovered residential building, there is an ancient altar - a pile of large stones with a steep slope, where prayers and sacrifices were performed. Alansky Holy Dormition Monastery of North Ossetia

At the foot of the Snake Mountain there are two sources that are considered holy. One if them is called St. Source - a stone arch and a drain in the form of a small pool are built here, and the other is named after St. Theodosius. You can go up the mountain yourself and have a great time hiking or picnic. You can come here as part of group excursion, and fans of outdoor activities are invited climb to the top. By the way, Zmeika Mountain is considered one of the most difficult to climb peaks in this area.

Practical Information

It is not difficult to get to the Zmeika Mountain - it is located 4.5 km from the railway station of Mineralnye Vody, in the southwest direction. The most convenient way to get there is by car or as part of a group excursion. The entrance to the territory is free.


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