Manpupuner Rock Formations – Sosnogorsk, Russia - Atlas Obscura

Manpupuner Rock Formations

Sosnogorsk, Russia

Gigantic natural towers in a Russian plateau. 


Tucked away in the Northern Ural Mountains of Russia, seven massive rock formations inexplicably explode from the flat landscape around them. Jutting up to heights of over 200 feet, the Manpupuner Rock Formations have no obvious origin and command a powerful spiritual presence for visitors.

The Manpupuner Formations, also known as the Seven Strong Men, are more or less unknown outside of Russia. Akin to the Easter Island giants, the seven formations are mysterious, starkly contrasting their plateau environment. Likely some sort of karst formation, the rocks feel like the remnants of some long lost civilization.

Locally, the Seven Strong Men have adopted a legendary status, especially considering their location just a hair below the Arctic Circle. Adding to their legend are reports of a feeling of contentedness when visiting the towers. According to some visitors, all desires seem to float away during a visit to the area and local lore claims that spirits gathered in the area during ancient times.

Aside from trying to understand these bizarre monuments, visitors looking for a greater challenge attempted to climb the Strong Men. But since the Rocks are holy places to the indigenous Mansi people this is not well received.

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