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Gimri or Gimry (Russian: Гимры) is a mountain village of 5,100 people (2019) in Dagestan. Gimry is distinguished by a rich history, a variety of historical and natural sites, distinctive traditions and unique natural and climatic resources.


Gimry sits on the east bank of the north-flowing Avar Koysu river at the bottom of a 1500-m deep canyon. On the east side the upper 450 m are nearly vertical. It is at the mouth of a side canyon that extends about 7 kilometerkm southeast. In the nineteenth century the only approaches from the east were from the village of Karanai and along the sides of the Sulak and Avar Koysu canyons or by a path down to the side canyon where the Gimry tunnel is now. 4 km north the Avar Koysu joins the east-flowing Andi Koysu to form the Sulak River. To the south on the Avar Koysu is the village of Untsokul, the Irganay dam and the villages of Irganay and Zirani. West on the Andi Koysu are the rock fortress of Akhulgo and the villages of Ashitla and Igali.

The climate in Gimry is very favorable for agriculture, and the land here is fertile: therefore, everywhere there are gardens where peaches, pears, persimmons, grapes and apricots are grown. Fruit is the main source of income.

In 2014 Russian soldiers besieged Gimry, while trying to capture Gimry native Magomed Suleymanov, who had been proclaimed emir of the Caucasus Emirate. Gimry remained blocked by Russian troops to all except its residents for a while. As of October 2015, foreigners were not permitted.

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Gimrinskaya defensive tower
  • 1 Gimrinskaya defensive tower. Built in the 19th century, and rebuilt in 1997. It is an example of the defensive structures of the highlanders of Dagestan, built for defense against the attacked enemy. Inside it is completely empty, you can climb a wooden staircase to the roof, which offers a beautiful view of the surroundings. The new building is equipped with viewing windows and has an observation deck. Gimry tower (Q24938317) on Wikidata
  • 2 Sulak canyon. Specially protected by the state forestry in the Buzna area, the place of the confluence of the Andi Koisu rivers with the Avar Koisu and the formation of the largest Dagestan river Sulak; the nature reserve Tesnina Echo; the Chvakhuk waterfall; stone Azdagyo (Gurugamach I); a wide variety of rock and mountain silhouettes; cave Qudiyab noh'o (Big cave) inside the village, with many caves in its vicinity; other monuments. Sulak Canyon (Q48945066) on Wikidata Sulak Canyon on Wikipedia
  • There is an abundance of rocks and rugged terrain.
  • A monument to the hard work of the Gimri people, an original "museum of mountain-valley gardening" - centuries-old terraced gardens created exclusively by manual labor and the use of the most environmentally friendly agricultural technologies.
  • GADT, the Gimrinsky branch of the Dagestan State United Historical and Archaeological Museum - the local history museum of the village of Gimry. Museum-forge of Salihilav - Shamil's associate.
  • Houses: Imam Gazimuhamad, Imam Shamil, Sheikh Rajabilav Abdul-Khadzhi, Sheikh Magomed Yaragsky. The house where, being a Dibir, Gamzat Tsadasa livedin with. Gimry. Place of study of young Gazimukhamad and Shamil. Objects associated with the names: the founder of prose in the Avar language and the languages ​​of the peoples of Dagestan and the North Caucasus, Khasanilava Gimrinsky; the Arab-speaking poets Mukhamadnur and Makkasharip; the famous fighter of the national style Magomed Sinezub; the Avar poet Aminatil Muhamad; the military attaché of Russia in Japan, the head of the Andean region, Colonel Jamaludin Shamilev (Khanival Zhamaludin); the head of the Avar district, Colonel Shamsul-Vara Rashtanov and other personalities.
  • "Gimrinsky Sangar" - the place of death of the 1st imam of Dagestan Gazimuhammad (2 km east of the village).
  • Monument to the imams of Dagestan and Chechnya and their murids (in the center of the village).
  • Cold summer bathhouse for men, built by Sheikh of the Naqshbandi tariqat Abdullah-haji Gimrinsky.
  • The mosque and madrasah where the imams of Dagestan Shamil and Gazi-Muhammad studied.





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