Stolby Nature Sanctuary, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia 

Stolby Nature Sanctuary is a Russian strict ecological reserve located 10 km south of the city of Krasnoyarsk, on the northwestern spurs of the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The site is known for its dramatic complexes of rocks; 3.5% of the reserve is open to hikers seeking to visit and climb the rocks. Over 200,000 visitors per year are recorded.

The park was founded in 1925 by citizens the picturesque Syenite Buttes and surrounding rocky landscape. The park’s area is 47,219 hectares. Stolby has been nominated to be on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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