From the Mari El language alamner means 'on duty'. There are ruins of the town Salym on top of the mountain, which was destroyed in 16th century. A rampart and shaft used to separate it from the rest of the land. The place is a treasure box for archeologists, who are finding here household items, jewelry and weapons every year.
According to the legend, during the Russo-Kazan war the leader of Mari El presented a horse to Tartar mirza, who occupied Salym. Nevertheless the last one didn't like the gift. The prince of Mati El got angry and went to Ivan the Terrible to ask for a hundred people and gunpower. After the request was met, the leader of Mari El secretly brought Russian soldiers to the fortress of Salym and blew it up.
Nowadays historical reconstructions are made quite often on Alamner. Bloody fights, one day of life of a common family of that times, trade fairs — guests get an idea of how our ancient ancestors used to live.
One of the advantages of the mountain is a breathtaking view. The width of the Volga is about 20 km here. There is a plain platform, divided into two parts by the Maly Sundyr river, at the piedmont. A massive cape crashes into the Volga, proudly rising above ravines, villages and valleys. A good view over Gornomariysky district of the republic spreads out from here.
The distance from the capital of Mari El, Yoshkar Ola, is 130 km. The way is much faster if you go from Cheboksary - it is just 50 km. Any way around, you won't regret about the time wasted on the road.