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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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  • Beautiful vintage place Orthodox monastery with Palm trees in the mountains built by aking Russian inspires.
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  • Visited Abkhazia in a wonderful, enchanting impressive its colors season-autumn. The monastery is wonderful. Majestic, quiet and a little sad.
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  • Unfortunately restores and restore should be all in Abkhazia. But how beautiful! Architecture, Church, candles in the sand, uh ... ...
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