Alania Assumption Male Monastery
A few kilometres away from the recreation centre “Wind Rose” there is the Holy Assumption Alanian Orthodox Monastery - one of the highest in Russia. Wonderful landscapes of this place will not leave anyone indifferent.
A family settlement was situated in here in the Middle ages. In 17-18 centuries two watchtowers of significant sizes were built here. Today they have become a bell tower and belong to the territory of the Monastery Complex. In the 19th century the first church of Holy women was built here. After its restoration in the 21st century the Alania Male Monastery was transferred here. Originally it was situated in Beslan, but nowadays only the metochion remains there.
This place is one of the orthodox centres in Ossetia. Pilgrims from all over Russia and South Ossetia come here. On the Epiphany Day n winter you can take part in traditional bathing rites. People from all over the republic come here to dip in the river of Fiagdon, to have some monastery wine and to sit around a huge fire.
Five kilometers away from the monastery is a chapel where the icon of Iverskaya Mozdokskaya Mother of God, the main relic of North Ossetia and North Caucasus was kept for 600 years. The icon was a gift from the pious queen of Georgia Tamara the Great. The genuine icon was lost in the Second World War. Today the Cathedral of Mozdokskaya Mother of God is rebuilt and enhanced. The legend says that when all the orthodox monasteries of Ossetia are restored, the icon will be found again.
You can buy here Ossetian cheese, monastery milk, eggs and honey, a big variety of herbal tea collection, also icons with alanian colour and some souvenirs with a national - christian theme.