Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot, New Athos

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#3 of 7 in Sightseeing in Abkhazia
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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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  • First, until you get to the grotto, you'll notice very much beauty around you. Everywhere there are Greens, waterfall and holodjushhaja water. Climb to the top is a bit srashnovato, but there are handrails. When you come into the cave, it's just an indescribable feeling, I'm still not in the same Temple, etc., have not experienced such emotion. In the Grotto sits a man who can give a candle. As such "price list". All optional, who will give. More of this I love it when in such places do not extort money for candles or scraps.
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  • Blessed, beautiful place. Natural monument, along with the caves. Entrance 200 p per person. Pass 5 meters to the stream from the box office are not allowed without payment, actually like everywhere.
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  • The most peaceful place where we once were. The beauty of nature, combined with the incredible silence and aromas of trees and water, what could be nicer? Spring came in new Athos and quite accidentally learned about the grotto, donated that came and walked! Holy place, source, font and Grotto are beautiful! Be sure to visit!
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