Anacopia Fortress, New Athos

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Begun in the 2nd century, Anacopia Fortress has the power to transport visitors back in time. The tourist site, partially restored to its ancient glory, features a Roman-style tower offering sweeping views of the nearby city, the sea, and the slopes of the region's mountains. The small Christian church near the tower features early Christian paintings and symbols. Mind the steep steps and prepare for the climb by wearing a good pair of shoes. Add Anacopia Fortress and other attractions to your New Athos trip itinerary using our New Athos road trip app .
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  • I must say, if you take a tour in style: "All attractions of Abkhazia for a day", the Anakopijskuju fortress in new Athos you will not be connected. Maximum Guide mahnet hand in somewhere up and talk about that at the top of the mountain are the ruins of the fortress of 7 century, and give a little historical background. To bypass all the interesting places of new Athos would need a day or two, so it's best to go there alone, but to the tour, if you wish, you can join on the spot. We travelled from Sukhumi on a minibus. The road took only 20 minutes, left in the morning and Athos had spent all day. To serpentine, which leads to the fortress, we drove by car and on foot, although it is quite possible to overpower this way))) then begins walking uphill along the reserve's territory. Just for the sake of this walk on mountain serpentine has cost go: open luxury at every new turn. Maybe that's why not so much get tired, just once. With the walls and from the observation deck of the old tower preserved whole new Athos can be examined. I'm not talking about the sea and the peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Stunningly beautiful. The territory of the fortress itself is small, but also interesting to wander there. I would like only to slightly better for it looked: still accumulation of garbage and empty bottles caught nooks (though you can just check there) anyway, if you came in new Athos, don't forget that in addition to caves and monastery, there There are such a wonderful place to visit which is even worth it. PS. We walked Back, pleased with prices for mandarins: in from the top to the foot of the mountain they grew from 20 to 40 rubles per kilogram)) a nice bonus for not lazy people))
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  • Unfortunately, it is running. The walls and the towers collapsing, stones simply are scattered over the hillside. Survived completely only one Tower, climbing the stairs to the roof, offering stunning views of the forests, mountains, sea and the city.
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  • It was hard for me to climb up. places straight cool. First go past summer houses and private homes. driveway asphalt. Then come to the cashier))) pay for entrance and goes on up. We got on top when it came the Sun and it got dark. Above you can see the coast of new Athos. also upstairs next to the fortress (it is possible to go inside the observation tower) is the source of water. and places with icons. This is a little climb impressed me.
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  • Totally worth the hike! From the highway you can only see the tower, but when you hike to the top you see there is so much more! Great vistas, such history! Highly highly recommend!
  • Anacopia Fortress (Georgian: ანაკოფია) is an ancient Abkhazian military citadel in New Athos (as it is currently known) in the Russian sponsored Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, located some 22 km (14 miles) by road along the coast from Sukhumi. The site, approximately 450 × 150 meters in extent, is located a mile or so inland, at the top of the Iverian Mountain. It is the most complete surviving building of ancient Anacopia, the former capital of the Kingdom of Abkhazia. A military structure was constructed here between the second and fourth centuries. At the end of the seventh century walls were constructed around the site of the citadel, with support from the Byzantines who had become alarmed by Islamist expansionism. The walls, up to 60 com (2 feet) thick, are constructed of largely tightly assembled and carefully hewn limestone blocks. There is a single entrance, a small gate on the south side of the enclosure. At the centre is a Roman style tower, four storeys high, with excellent views in all directions across the surrounding landscape and, to the south-west of the fortress, the Black Sea. A small Christian basilica was also constructed in the centre of the fortress during or before the eighth century. The stone altar from it survives (2014), along with some frescoes featuring a cross and some fishes, a religious symbol frequently used by early Christians in and around the Eastern Roman empire. Next to the church is a cistern filled naturally with spring water by means of a 25 meter deep well beneath it. During the eighth century Anacopia found itself near the moving frontier that separated Byzantine Christendom from the Umayyad Caliphate, and in 736/737 Abū ʿAbd Al-Malik Marwān ibn Muḥammad, the future Marwan II, appeared outside the walls with a force of 60,000 men and laid siege to what was by now the capital of the Abkhazian Kingdom. The Georgian chronicle relates that the citadel was defended by a force of 1,000 Georgians and 2,000 Abkhazians under the leadership of Leon I of Abkhazia. The chronicle recalls that the Arab forces suffered from an epidemic that killed 35,000 of them while a further 3,000 were killed in the fighting. The successful defence of Anacopia is regarded as a pivotal turning point in Georgian history. A restoration was undertaken in 2008 to improve the safety of the site and reinstate the tower as a usable lookout point
  • The old fortres on the top of the hill. The main tower is illuminated during the night, so it is hard to miss. Breathtaki mg views, especially during cloudy days, when you see the clouds are passing through the top of the hill.
  • A long climb up the Iberian Mountain awarded us a beautiful view of the new Athos and surroundings. Iveron Chapel of Virgin Mary icons small with ogoromnym number of icons of the Virgin, the Holy ugodnikam. You can put a candle (sold on the territory of the fortress) and leave a note about prayer. Cosy, relaxed. Pray, admire the views, drink water from the eternal well and send in the return path.
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  • Interesting place! Beautiful views open of the city! Suggest that you go on a sunny day and earlier. We got here last night and in fog, so some species were not fully visible. In General, I wonder. We went in February and all footwear was in the dirt.
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