Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain

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The Observation Tower on the Akhun Mountain was built in 1936 by architect Sergei Vorobyev. It can be seen from any location in Sochi. The tower, made of white limestone, resembles lookout towers, which were built in the North Caucasus in the Middle Ages.

The view from the observation deck, which is almost 700m above the sea level, is the best in the city, making the tower the biggest attraction both for tourists and for the locals. Guides tell visitors that the Turkish shore can be seen from the tower in clear weather.

The locals love so much this main attraction that they even introduced a marriage tradition: a newly registered husband is to carry his beloved in the arms to the tower top, which can be compared walking to the roof of a 10-storey building.

By the tower foot, tourists are invited to taste local tea, flavorful honey, jam from berries and nuts, to buy souvenirs and to ride a horse or donkey.