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. A visit to Rock Shalter of Saint Apostle Simon the Zealot represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New Athos route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I recommend you take a guide, very interesting story. The cost was in the region of 200 USD. Simon the zealot is considered the patron saint of the family. Maybe that's why there were many families with children, but the road to the Grotto's and passes through stones, narrow paths, bridges over mountain river. Wear comfortable shoes! To the cave are very narrow and high stairs. In the Grotto is dark on the sides stand icons, you can put a candle. As no such fees as much as you want so much and leave money. And they say that if you make a wish, placing a candle, it will come true)
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  • While walking in the waterfall we with the husband have gone higher, but there is a very beautiful landscape. And around the deserted station we met another tour. And we went. Reach the end under the poljashhim Sun is hard enough. It is better to go in the morning when it is still not so hot. We don't go to church very often and my husband I have not a believer, but here especially at the end on top, you begin to believe in miracles. Our trip was straight immediately after the wedding and it seems to me that we stumbled on this place by chance. And be sure to put the need to light a candle and make a wish. I learned a lot of new things. Only do not drink water from sources a little after rising above it all swim. This confuses me, do not forget about hygiene.
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  • January 2018. People almost no entrance 200 rub. Ibid. at the entrance you can buy candles. To the Grotto to walk on a chic 10-15 mines nature trail along the mountain rivers. The place is very powerful, Holy. Be sure to visit. I remember when they were in the summer, scored when entering small groups and walked to guide us.
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