47 Russian Stone Idols of Komi

Russian Stone Idols of Komi

Posted on May 11, 2008 by

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This is one of the most mysterious places of Russian North. Those stone idols attract tourists from all the Russia. They stand alone on the wide plateau with no any stones or mountains around. Who built them? What for? Those questions have no answers.

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47 responses to “Russian Stone Idols of Komi”

  1. whatever says:

    No one built them; they are karst towers, a natural geological formation. See here.

    They look very cool. I would love to visit.

  2. UIGuy says:

    Fascinating geological formations. Though, it is obvious they are natural rock formations, and not made by men.

  3. markus says:

    Where exactly in russia are these stones? thanx.

  4. Cubi says:


  5. lost says:

    Anyone know where in “Russian North” this is? Even the Russian North spreads across so many time zones that I have no idea if it’s close to Finland or Alaska.

  6. Scrat335 says:

    Lava tubes, probably basalt? No doubt very old, there long before humans ever evolved.

  7. mischa bear says:

    They look like they were brought there by glaciers that later retreated. Their shapes were determined by abrasion with the glaciers and later, the elements. There’s formations like in Canada and the Midwest USA.

  8. Kris says:

    Where is that? Please tell me at least what’s the name of that place…

    • Louise says:

      The “Seven Strong Men” are karst pillars found in the Komi Republic, on the Manpuner range in the northern Ural mountains. Wikipedia has a very good introduction to karst topography, including a list of locations around the world.

      • Tony says:

        I don’t think these natural pillars are karst, but may be more closely related to basaltic domes. To me, they resemble a “dike” of basaltic lava, associated with a long extinct and eroded volcano, similar to Shiprock, in New Mexico. the volcano chimney and any cracks fill with basaltic lava, then the entire volcano and surrounding plain erode away, exposing the harder basaltic lava. Check out Shiprock.

  9. visitor says:

    The aboriginals build them just like everything else.

  10. will says:


  11. Richard S. says:

    Well, they are not made with human hands nor are they glacial erratics. I think they are basaltic lava domes.

  12. Nemeker says:

    Nice view

  13. markus says:

    I think these pictures are a hoax – I’ve spent hours on google and cannot find any other images to corroborate what’s seen here..

  14. Zafarad says:

    Few leftovers of “alien Manhattan”! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  15. oscar says:

    We got the same stones in the Teide´s National Park in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). Check it the link or search information at Google.


  16. hardscarf says:

    Manpunyor Plateau (Плато Маньпупунёр)

    Located in the Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve (here)

  17. lenin says:

    they were build for nuclear war puropse

  18. Ajemajo says:

    Damn,… sorry for that, I was totaly drunked wen I built it 🙂

  19. Kelly says:

    Super! I would like to visit the place too. : )

  20. Mikko says:

    What are you talking about who build them? Ever heard of erosion?
    What most likely happened there is that there was harder rocks inside soft rocks and the softer rock eroded away leaving those pilars. Same type of erosion can be seen all around south east Asia with limestone.

  21. Mike says:

    how old are these? Stone Henge stone monument aprox 2500BC or 4500 years old but older woodern structure there was 10,000BC

  22. UnderM says:

    Russian stone idols in Komi? WTF? In Komi is Komi Stone Idols. Not everything, what russians got by war became russians. For example – castles in East Prussia isn’t russian castles in Kaliningrad oblast. They still crusaders order catles.

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  24. Damn Data says:

    The Seven Strong Men of Manpupuner…

    The Manpupuner (Seven Strong Men) are one of the Seven Wonders of Russia – vast stone pillars that tower over the plateau they stand on in the Komi Republic in the Urals. However, due to their location they are little visited by people from beyond Ru…

  25. Alfred says:

    Looks cool! I wish to visit it!

  26. Anton Nicolaevich says:

    Anyone wishing to visit the Man Pupu Ner plateau and meet
    7 Strong Men in person, please fill free to contact me.
    I know how to get there in most comfortable and low budget
    way, less expensive than any tour operators may suggest.
    We have long experience of exploring the area including
    rafts down the Uralian rivers, hiking in the nearby mountains and other kinds of outdoor activities.
    So,join us having outdoor adventures in the Northern Ural
    this forthcoming Summer.
    [email protected]

  27. Kyoko Geater says:

    Hello. Fantastic job. I did not anticipate this on a Wednesday. This can be a good story. Thanks!

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  29. Don Burnap says:

    Beauty of natural stuff is awesome. I was looking for how it really got there, and geologic explanation is the real beauty. I’m hoping to find the answer.

  30. Don Burnap says:

    BTW artifact explanations are BS. Explanations of the reality way before us are way more important than artifact. Betcha the actual geology is a way more beautiful process.

  31. Don Burnap says:

    Internet searching gets you lots of junk and advertising, but after an hour, I found one site that suggested pressure tends to bond limestone grains together. Maybe the surrounding sediment or whatever did this with the geometry in places such that the pillars resisted later erosion. The beauty of nature is endless.

    Nature does cool stuff that gets even advanced people to use it to generate mythology. Don’t forget the little green men from planet Murgatroid.


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  34. Genn says:

    They were seven giants turned to stone…ha ha.

  35. Genn says:

    The world is full of places where giants were turned to stone Ha Ha I am crazy.

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