In the Moscow Historical museum there is an exhibition «Miracles of Russia". It can become the very same "final straw" after which the potential traveler will finally lay his dealings aside and go to one of 19 tourist objects which are most accurately presented by iVision Company. The multimedia project shows Russia as a real Wonderland whether these wonders are natural or man-made.
The brand «7 chudes Rossii» ("7 miracles of Russia") appeared in 2008 when the TV channel «Rossiya», the newspaper «Izvestiya» and radio station «Mayak» conducted national vote concerning choice of sights which we most strongly associate with the Russian miracles and delight.
We will present this seven of miracles, the most popular, but hardly capable to bore.
"Man-Pupu-Nyor" translated from Mansi means "little mountain of the gods". The steady science calls them weathering pillars which appeared on this place from high mountains 200-300 million years ago. The rain, snow, wind, frost and a heat were gradually destroying mountains, cruching soft rock. The remained farewell rocks consist of solidly seriate -quartzite slates.
Six "idols" stand in line and one more — over a distance. They are very similar to human figures, and it is no wonder that columns were the objects of Mansi's cult. At the same time climbing up a Man-Pupu-Nyor mountain was considered to be the greatest sin. Those who saw the columns unanimously claim that they had an inexplicable sensation of fear standing behind them and according to the legend this feeling is peculiar not only to ordinary tourists. Here is one of legends retold in the book of the professor V. Varsanofyeva "Life of mountains".
"Voguls roaming here with their reindeer herds are telling that these stone columns once posed seven Samoyede - giants who went through mountains to Siberia to wipe out the Vogul people. But when they vaulted to the top that is called now Man-Pupu-Nyor, their shaman leader saw Yalping-nyor behind him — the sacred Vogul mountain. In a horror struck he thrown his cylinder which has fallen on the high conic pic reding further south than Man-Pupu-Nyor and called Koyp that means the cylinder in Vogul language. Both shaman and all his companions were paralyzed with fear ".
The columns are not of human and they are making an impress at any time of the year. In the winter they are covered with snow and hoarfrost so they make an impression of huge crystal constructions. In autumn often there are fogs, and "idols" are shrouded by mysterious haze. In spring and in summer they remind stone idols, turning Man-Pupu-Nyor into corresponding Easter Island.
Elbrus is a huge ancient volcano sleeping under the cover of permanent snow and ice that for many centuries fills people with admiration and tremor. All its names neighboring languages speak about this fact: Nogai — Elburus, Lord of wind, Balkar — Mingi-Tau, «The everlasting mountain of wisdom»; and what is more «The mountain of blessed», «Mountain of happiness»,» Mountain of a day», «The sparkling mountain», «Shat-mountain» or just «Tent» as Russians in the 17-18th centuries used to call it.
The sacred mountain for many people throughout the millenniums, a clue of civilizations' mysteries and a symbol of all under the sun — from human persistence and endurance to super mundane freedom. In fine weather the two-headed top of Elbrus is visible from far away — from the different Areas of Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessias, Stavropol Territory and Georgia. And from above, there again in fine weather, opens the improbable panorama — it is possible to see both Caspian, and the Black Sea, and even Turkey.