Spectacular mountains, great fresh air, awesome canyons - and this futuristic slick structure!
Truly "The House on the Borderland"... great for meditation and sitting out the end of the world (if you remember 1908 masterpiece novel by William Hope Hodgson).
Spotted in the North Caucasus mountains, near the resort town of Dombai, this fantastic "flying saucer" house is the prime example of 1970s architecture. Seemingly a knock-off of the "Futuro House" (designed by by Matti Suuronen, Finland), it was built in 1979 as a "Krugozor / Horizon House", or a panoramic lookout for the Mussa-Achitara Mountain close to the town of Karachayevsk in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia.
Even more amazing is this 1970s seagull-shaped road mark on a mountain road near Yerevan, Armenia:
The Fantastic North and Central Caucasus Mountain Area
The beautiful Teberda - Dombai - Arkhyz hiking and skiing area sports plenty of other attractions; here are some of the most interesting.
Look at this great, inspiring poster from the 1930s promoting the "Georgian Military Highway". The road is spectacular indeed, just needs some work to improve its safety:
While exploring these mountain ranges, you might get lucky to spot these extremely rare and protected animals: the last surviving European Bison population -
The area is rich in history and full of great exploring opportunities for enthusiasts of abandoned and ruined places. These are the ruins of the Shoan Temple on the road from Cherkessk to Dombai, dating from around 1,000 AC:
Another ancient Shoan Church can be seen in much better condition, surround by equally spectacular views:
The architectural highlights of Dombai and Arkhyz are not limited to hotels and tourist infrastructure. Good old Soviet scientific facilities can impress as well.
Check out this great interior of The Special Astrophysical Observatory (SAO RAS) built in 1966. "Based in the Bolshoi Zelenchuk Valley of the Greater Caucasus near the village of Nizhny Arkhyz, the observatory houses the large BTA-6 optical telescope and RATAN-600 radio telescope".
Certainly beautiful in their own grandiose way, these examples of Soviet-era design are often demolished or left crumbling - so the last record of their existence is preserved in postcards and tourist brochures, by a handful of faithful collectors.
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