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New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery, New Athos

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Your first glimpse of New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery encompasses shining golden domes rising above the surrounding forest, which runs down to the sea. Construction began in 1875; the Russian Orthodox monks who lived there built the complex. The monastery, an enclosed rectangle, surrounds the church of St. Pantaleon and the 50 m (164 ft) bell tower, which still is active today. Enter the church to view frescoed walls painted in the early 20th century, colored with gold, blues, reds, and white depicting scenes from the Bible. Walk the tiled floor and view ornate metalwork and fixtures in this large space that, during the Soviet era, was used as a hospital, storage space, tourist base, and museum. To visit New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery and other attractions in New Athos, use our New Athos itinerary planner.
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  • Definitely worth to visit this temple if you relax in new Athos. Is in a beautiful location on the mountain.
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  • 2016g summer I travelled with her girlfriends poAbhazii and visited this monastery. Cool. One touches with history. old architecture. icons. Really liked it. sitting on benches. breathed in the meantime, it is well worth a visit
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  • The monastery is situated on a mountain and is included in the excursion routes from Sochi. But better on Abkhazia to travel independently, firstly because prices for tours are not justified by expensive, secondly, many interesting places of excursions do not attend. That would climb to the monastery by yourself, if you go from the Centre, would need a way to pass along it (but still at the foot), will be feeling that you're distancing yourself, but this is not the case, reaching an old abandoned hotels (the old Soviet, powerful hotel), turn left and go forward. up, will quite a bit you'll see a track left and going up, that's for her courage and go ahead, recovery will gradually become steeper, then appear tents souvenirs, juice, fruit, noticed that feature here is fruits and juices are cheaper than at the bottom (a strange phenomenon. as like tourist route). The monastery itself is a large territory is pleased with the old building, but you can see that care and refurbish the territory well groomed and clean. From 11 am to the monastery are starting to bring crowds of tourists want to wander alone-come earlier. For tourists opened only one temple, the rest of the visit. What I liked in the temple-big space, huge vaults. And even wiped the wall does not create the impression of deterioration or negligence, but rather something mysterious, ancient. In the Temple a sense of serenity, mental well-being (still would remove all short of tourists). And with the clear Sun temple inside another beautiful appear unusual glare. View of the city from the deck near the temple-an impressive, all launch spacecraft.
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