Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Pan Cogito Discovers That His Home Will Soon Be Sheltering Cultural Scientists From The Derbentskiy Historical-Architectural And Art Museum-Preserve

Derbentskiy Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Preserve
Address: 368600, Dagestan Republic, Russian Federation.


The Museum-reservation of Derbent is a komplex monument with total area 435 hectars designed for historic and cultural purpose. It is a rare and integral group of well-preserved architectural monuments of the 6-20 centuries.

The Museum-reservation includes 6 museum - "Derbent-Witness of centuries", "Culture and Mode of Life of Ancient Derbent", Memorial House-Museum of Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, "The Nature of the Sub-Caspian Region", "Glory in Battle", "History of Carpet-knitting and Folk Applied Arts of Daghestan".

8 foot and bus routes, 60 sights and 50 excursions have been developed in the Museum-reservation.

The Museum-reservation of Derbent combines the ancient history, unique town-building and fortification constructions with rich natural landscape combining vast distances with the view of the Caucasus Mountains, which allows to regard Derbent as a true reservation zone.

Next to the museum there are hotels and restaurants.

Working hours:* Warning:
preodered group visits only

Internet: - official web page

Russian Museums Web-site from the Russian Cultural Heritage Network.

Classic Dagastan Prayer Rug (Private Collection).

"Some people refer to Dagestan as the "Mountain of Languages" because of the extreme cultural and linguistic diversity within the region. It is the largest of the North Caucasus republics and also serves as the main conduit for Russian oil exports from the Caspian Sea.

In addition to managing the perils of close proximity to the conflict between Chechnya and Russia, Dagestan has also endured internal strife, particularly in recent years. Though the republic's demographics reveal cultural variety, most of the Dagestani population is Muslim and comprised of different Sufi orders that have been in place for centuries. The most recent disagreements concern Wahabbi missionaries, who are in Dagastan seeking converts, and the local Sufi orders who disapprove of the Wahabbi presence. For many, the recent increase in internal conflict in the North Caucasus can be directly attributed to relaxing of the severe restrictions in place during communist Russia. Those who take this position insist that increasing the freedom allotted to these republics -- and certainly by allowing them to achieve independence from Russia -- would result in disastrous consequences for the entire region.

Dagestan, like most of the republics in the North Caucasus, has a role to play in the Russia/Chechnya conflict. During the first Chechen war the Chechens used Dagestan as a supply corridor and in 1999 Chechen guerillas joined Dagestani Muslim radicals in an attempt to establish an Islamic state, which was quickly quelled by the Russian army. This attack, which was led on the Chechen side by Shamil Basayev, convinced Moscow that the Chechen rebellion was enough of a threat that it necessitated an invasion and later in 1999 Russia invaded Chechnya. Essentially Dagestan suffers because of its proximity to the Chechen conflict. On Dagastani soil there are politically motivated kidnappings and frequent bloody attacks taking place in a republic where about 9% of the population is Russian and about 3% is Chechen. As recently as 2005 the deputy interior minister was assassinated in Dagestan's capital city a month after authorities say they foiled plans for an attack of Dagestaini soil similar to the siege of School No. 1."

Sources: BBC NEWS;; KOMMERSANT, New Russia's First Independent Newspaper;;; FRIENDS & PARTNERS Linking US-Russia Across the Internet.

Beslan, Seige of School No. 1 (PBS Wide Angle: human stories. global issues)

Republic of Dagastan, Russian Federation.

Freer and Sackler Art Galleries, Washington, D.C.

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