Nalchik

Nalchik

Nalchik (Russian: Нальчик .mw-parser-output .IPA-label-small{font-size:85%}.mw-parser-output .references .IPA-label-small,.mw-parser-output .infobox .IPA-label-small,.mw-parser-output .navbox .IPA-label-small{font-size:100%}IPA: [ˈnalʲtɕɪk]; Kabardian: НалщӀэч IPA: [naːɮɕʼakʲ]; Karachay-Balkar: Нальчик IPA: [naltʃɯk]) is the capital city of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, situated at an altitude of 550 meters (1,800 ft) in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains; about 100 kilometers (62 mi) northwest of Beslan (Beslan is in the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania).[13] It covers an area of 131 square kilometers (51 sq mi). Population: 247,054 (2021 Census);[11] 240,203 (2010 Russian census);[14] 274,974 (2002 Census);[15] 234,547 (1989 Soviet census).[16] The territory of modern-day Nalchik was formerly known as Sloboda. The modern city dates from the early 19th century when the expanding Russian Empire built a fort there in 1818.