Shoana Church

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Around 7km north of Karachayevsk, a dirt road leads uphill from the Ossetian village below to this early 10th-century Alanian church, one of the oldest, still-functioning chapels in the Russian Federation. The Byzantine-style stone building is perched on the edge of a cliff high above the Kuban River, providing spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

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