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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  • August 8, 2017
    A secret place for Christians. If you are a Christian, and plan to rest in Abkhazia, then be sure to visit this holy place.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Cave (Grotto) Simon Canonite Temple-a place that is of interest for both pilgrims and secular visitors. To get to the grotto, you must walk the trail through places with beautiful natural landscape. On the way to meet lots of places where you can make beautiful photo. You will see the place where Simon was killed. According to legend, drops of his blood can be seen there to this day. In the grotto, dark enough (which is understandable), icons on the walls. Here you can put a candle.
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  • July 26, 2017
    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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