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Makhachkala, Capital of Dagestan

Dagestan is a repblic and part of Russia, the Russian Federation. The republic is located on the shore of the Caspian See and east of Chechnya. The inhabitants are mainly muslims. There is no civil war going on in Dagestan but the neighbourhood of Chechnya and the military conflict going on in that part of Russia makes this area somewhat dangerous for western tourists.

Makhachkala has been the capital of Dagestan since 1922, founded in 1844. The population is about 400.000. Makhachkala has the most important harbour in this region and quite a lot of industry. This photographs have been taken durin a short vacation trip to Makhachkala in March, 2005.

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