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Terta – tower settlement of the XIV – XVI centuries

Terta – tower settlement of the XIV – XVI centuries

Terta is a large tower settlement of the XIV-XVI centuries in the Western part of the Malkhistinsky gorge. Meshi to the West and Ital-Chu to the East border it. Until the mid-1990s, an ensemble with a five-story battle tower was located in the center of the complex. Now it has been completely destroyed, but six residential buildings, a crypt burial ground and a sanctuary-mausoleum with an open memorial chamber have been preserved.

On the Northern edge of the village, you can see a four-story semi-combat tower, with an entrance on the Eastern side, with loopholes for firing at the approaches to the tower and a fighting balcony-mashikul to protect the Northern side from attackers. The other three four-story residential towers are located in the Eastern part of the village. Their height is 10-11 m, they have loopholes and balconies, and one of the towers has masonry in the upper part in the form of a Christmas tree. They are made of Sandstone, well rubbed on the front side with lime mortar. Arched openings.

In the Western part of the village of Terta, on the right side of the river that flows into the Meshi-Khi, there is a two-tiered aboveground crypt with a pyramid-stepped roof. The walls are made of stone blocks and slabs, tightly fitted to each other.

Of particular interest is the sanctuary-mausoleum in the Northern part of the complex. This is a larger, open-fronted structure with a rectangular (4*6.2 m) base and a gable-stepped roof. Height 5.5 m, wall thickness 0.65 m. The open part of the facade (width - 2.61 m) narrows up and forms a pointed arch (now partially laid with stone slabs). The facade is decorated with diamond-shaped and square patterns in the form of recesses, a spiral, and on the edges and above the entrance – stone sheep heads. Here, according to field records, performed pagan rites, and the ritual of remembrance, which was called "cashmart", meaning sepulchral meals.