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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  • quiet and very pleasant place to stroll! on the way to the Park, too, have that look new-Athos waterfall with an abandoned railway station, too straight very cool!)))
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  • Beautiful, unusual, but very dangerous. Hi, very steep stairs, steps for several centuries stjorlis'. If you try to combine the ascent or descent is even worse, with photography or selfi-leave a bequest. Hold on to the handrails and every step! monitor. Wear crosses-sneaker "only forward" does not exactly fit checked. A small Grotto himself, sings and recites prayers the priest (in a simple shirt). At the entrance to buy a candle, especially as a person. If not scared creep "in four bones" nearly vertical ladder-you will be rewarded. Visit the home of a contemporary of Christ is something. This is a must see. At the entrance ask tour (5-6 people)-you will not regret. Very "correct" storytellers. A lot of interesting information that you won't find in Wikipedia.
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  • Place an amazing energy, many times stronger than the new Athos monastery and at the same time, very peaceful and quiet. The road from the station takes minutes 12-15 on beautiful, very scenic woods, as if in a fairy tale ended up, the trail is well equipped. At the entrance to the trail map-plan with the designation that is not to miss the lobnoye Mesto and Simon the zealot footprint on a stone. The Grotto is something like a small chapel, hewn in the rock-everything to the extent possible, ennobled, you can buy and put candles, lots of icons on the walls. If you go on the trail not up, but down-there will be another rock Grotto, it smaller in size, and there are too many icons, and feels like he is stronger than the one above.
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