Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot, New Athos

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A place of both religious and historical significance, Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot offers scenic views in a secluded, natural setting. Ancient icons, mosaics, and inscriptions decorate this cave, where the saint lived out the last years of his life. You'll need hike on a rocky trail uphill to the site; once there, take some time to enjoy the view of the grand waterfall and the river where the saint allegedly used to swim. Have a look around the cave, where visitors leave notes with requests for St. Simon. Take some memorable photos of the mountains and the crystal clear waters. Put Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot into our New Athos tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in New Athos.
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  • The solitary place is located in a shady forest, where runs a river with turquoise water. Even if you are not into visiting sacred sites, have a walk in the forest - you will feel renewed and charged ...  more »
  • Happen to stray the path to the picturesque territory of the Psyrchinskogo reserve. The road to the Grotto begins from the place where the Apostle was martyred at the hands of Roman Legionnaires in the 55 year. The atmosphere in the reserve especial: want to go slowly in silence, listening to the murmur of flowing cascading rivers, the whole forest is seen umytym, pure, eternal, joyous, try to convey the feeling. The Grotto-cell located in the steep rock, steep stairs with carved stone steps. On that April day, when we were there, in the cell was a Greek monk, prayed together St. Simon, listened to suggestions, directions. Many people broke down and cried. One of the strongest and deepest impressions from visiting Abkhazia.
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  • New Athos is full of wonderful places with incredible energy! Going out for a walk, you don't know where you will nevedannye trails. Here and in the grotto of the Holy Apostle Simon Kananita we wandered by accident. Turning off the street, we first saw the beautiful mountain river, then Simon Canonite Temple, beside which generated new-Athos waterfall. Climbing the stairs to the waterfall, we just went further along the path. and began the tale! We went to the old railway station and headed further into the thicket of the forest. Along the paths, sometimes encountering pointers, went to the grotto, and then to Kelly Simon Canonite. Since camping was completely spontaneous, we entered the forest, when the Sun was setting. By Poot met only a couple of people. At the Grotto and cells turned out to be a couple more people who could not get inside because of the pitch-black darkness. Rescued flashlights from phones))) and in the grotto, and a special atmosphere in the cell. Many small icons apparently brought people, candles and leaves with the writings. Stand and understand-you are in the place of space forces. Read reviews that way until Kelly difficult and dangerous, dilapidated, etc. well, to each his own. For me to climb mountains, walk on the dilapidated trails and realize that under thy feet a century-is an incredible pleasure! With us had three children-5, 7 and 11 years. Even my daughter, which on the eve of the celebrated 5 years, the road is not delivered the slightest difficulty or discomfort. On the way back we've been waiting for a truly fabulous surprise! In the forest became quite dark, and, like a trimmed gnomikami, mating, ozarilis' thousands of little lights. Fireflies! They were everywhere! The children's enthusiasm was boundless. They fished magical insects and gently played with them. If there is a possibility, podgadajte, on the way back to darkness, this tale must see!
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