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Oglakhty Site – petroglyphs concentration

While travelling around the Republic of Khakassia you should definitely visit one of the unique places of remote ages – Oglakhty Site. This site is among the most beautiful places of Khakassia. It is an area with rich history having contained traces of ancient civilizations. Oglakhty Site is a part of State Natural Reserve “Khakassky”. The Site is located in the Bograd District, south of the village Soviet Khakassia and on the left shore of the Yenisei River.

Burial mound in the Khakass steppe

Burial mound in the Khakass steppe

This place is attracted by tourists from all over the world because of its largest petroglyphs concentration in Khakassia. Petroglyphs are the images placed on the stone by ancient people. Hundreds of years ago ancient tribes carved on stones different images of animals, household items and other various signs connected with their culture and traditions. Oglakhty (from Khakass “Oglah tag” – Roe Mountain) is a mountain range stretched for 15 kilometres from south to north.

Petroglyphs on the Mountain Range Oglakhty

Petroglyphs on the Mountain Range Oglakhty

Tourists travelling around Khakassia can observe on this reserved area the remains of an ancient defensive wall long for 20 kilometres and also a great number of burial mounds. “Shaman-stone” is precisely one of the main points of interest of rock art belonging to ancient Khakass people. There are a lot of images placed on the 12 square metres of the stone: animals, daggers, carts, circles and others. The petroglyphs date back to 3000 BC. Due to the scientists’ opinion the tribes of Tagar culture, having lived that time on the territory of the republic, performed rituals at “Shaman-stone”.

Shaman-stone with petroglyphs

Shaman-stone with petroglyphs

Tourists visiting the republic also find it interesting that there is the stairs of 967 steps long which is situated on the part of the mountain range Oglakhty. Coming up to the top of the stairs you may have a rest on some viewing points allowing the travelers to see the incredibly beautiful places of thi site: a picturesque view of the Yenisei River, endless Khakass steppes and petroglyphs of ancient cultures.

The stairs of 967 steps

The stairs of 967 steps

View on the Yenisei river and the Khakass steppe

View on the Yenisei river and the Khakass steppe


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