Ardon, Russia



Ardon (Osset. Yrydon) is a city in the Republic of North Ossetia - Alania. The administrative center of the Ardon region.



Travelers who are going on vacation to Ardon or another city in North Ossetia should visit a unique natural landmark - a huge oak tree, whose venerable age is at least five centuries old. This tree, as the old-timers of Ardon say, was dedicated to the ancient deity Alarda, whose cult has long been widespread in many Ossetian villages. Citizens respect the relic tree and even believe that it is time to give it the official status of a natural monument of regional significance.
The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious in the city center, as well as the chapel of the Holy Healer Panteleimon in the courtyard of the hospital. A few years ago, the rector of the temple decided to establish a worship cross in the city in memory of the laity and members of the clergy, whose graves were lost during the years of Soviet power. The worship cross in Ardon became the first such monument in the Vladikavkaz and Alanian diocese.
Among the sights of Ardon, it is worth highlighting the places that keep the memory of the tragic events of the Great Patriotic War: - the mass grave of soldiers who fell on the battlefields in 1942; a memorial monument to the Ardonians who died in battle, erected in 1972; a monument to the soldiers of the 319th Rifle Division, located in the vicinity of the city, whose dramatic history is known to every city dweller;

Ardon Museum of the history of the city, culture, and education,
House-Museum of Nikolai Salamov,
The Podvig Museum, founded in 1987 on the basis of vocational school No. 15, is also dedicated to the soldiers of the 319th division.
Bulvarnaya Street Sovetov (local Arbat),
Central park of recreation and culture.
Triangle Park,
Square with a fountain, a summer scene,
Monuments: Lenin, Stalin,
Worship cross at the entrance from Vladikavkaz,
Monument to V.V. Chumakov,
Monument to Kosta Khetagurov
Memorial to Veterans of WWII
Monument to G.T. Botoev,
Monument to K.T.Toguzov,
Monument to Ts.V. Ambalov,
Memorial "Eternal Flame"
brotherly grave,
Memorial to H. Ramonov, also to S. Khoranov, I. Dzhikaev, Margelov, G. Botoev, a monument to the Dzugaev brothers.


Orthodox Church

Church of the Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious.
Chapel of the Holy Healer Panteleimon (at the hospital) was founded in 2008.
The Theological Seminary, the cultural center of Ossetia, was founded at the end of the 19th century.
city natives



The name of the city comes from the Ardon River. Hydronym is translated from the Ossetian language as - "mad river", where arra - "6shenaya", don - "river".



The city is located on the Ossetian sloping plain, on the left bank of the Ardon River and its Targaidon branch, 35 km northwest of Vladikavkaz.

A humid temperate climate prevails. The warmest month is July with an average temperature of +20.5 ° C, and the coldest month is January, with an average temperature of -4.0 ° C. The average annual rainfall is about 750 mm.



In 1824, the road between the Elizabethan and Konstantinovsky military settlements was moved to the left bank of the Terek River. A number of new fortifications were erected to protect it, including Ardon.

A year later, next to the military fortification, a village arose, which began to be populated by the mountaineers from the Alagir Gorge.

In 1838, the village of Ardonskaya appeared near the Ossetian village. A part of the Vladikavkaz Cossack regiment was transferred here. The Cossacks dismissed from the service began to arrange their dwellings. The government allocated 10,000 rubles to purchase the necessary tools, and 60 pairs of bulls with carts for the delivery of timber.

In 1964 the village of Ardonskaya was given the status of a city.


Education and culture

6 preschool institutions
4 secondary educational institutions
Ardon Agricultural Technology College,
Sports complex,
Palace of Culture,
School of Music,
Sunday School
Museum of Culture and Education,
Leisure and culture park (opened in 2017).


Russian Orthodox Church

Church of the Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious.
The chapel of the holy healer Panteleimon (at the hospital) was founded in 2008.
Theological seminary, the cultural center of Ossetia, was founded at the end of the 19th century.


City natives

Ambalov, Tsotsko Bitsoevich (1871-1937) - ethnographer, writer, well-known collector of Ossetian folklore.
Dzutsev, Soslan Khasanovich - musician, arranger, harmonist, performer of folk songs. Laureate of Russian and International competitions. People's Artist of North Ossetia-Alania and Honored Artist of South Ossetia.
Epkhiev, Tatari Aslanbekovich - playwright, poet.
Ilas Arnigon is an Ossetian poet.
Salamov, Nikolai Mikhailovich - theater and film actor. People's Artist of the USSR (1984).
Tlatov, Elmarza Danilovich - Ossetian writer.
Tkhapsaev, Vladimir Vasilyevich - theater and film actor. People's Artist of the USSR (1960).

Terentiev, Vasily Grigorievich (1899-1957) - Soviet military leader, lieutenant general (1944)
Toguzov, Kaurbek Tembolatovich (1919-2009) - Hero of the Soviet Union (1943)

Zangiev, Dzantemir Georgievich (1936) - Honored coach of the RSFSR in freestyle wrestling (1980), two-time champion of the RSFSR (1966, 1969), Honorary Master of Sports of the USSR.
Koroev, Alan Vitalievich (1998) Russian football player.
Kulaev, Boris Khadzhumarovich (1929-2008) - multiple champion of the USSR, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1957).
Makiev, Alan Vladimirovich (1991) Russian basketball player.
Mistulov, Alan Olegovich (1997) Russian footballer.