||View on New Athos and former New Athos monastery. In last one
the tourist base "Psytskha" is placed now. |
| New Athos cathedral
at the territory of the tourist base "Psytskha" is the branch of
Abkhazian state museum.
The Climatic resort
New Athos is located on a coast of a small gulf. A rich
subtropical vegetation, a warm sea and a numerous
historic-architectural monuments of this ancient settlement attracts
thousands of tourists. At top of Iverian mountain, whence
the wonderful view on New Athos, is a citadel Anacopia and ruins of
a temple of VII century. In former New Athos monastery the branch of
the Abkhazian state museum is placed now.
| Symon Canonit church
| New Athos
|Perfectly kept temple of IX-X centuries
and artificial waterfall are situated near the tourist base "Waterfall".
The waterfall was created in 1902 at
building of one of the first hydroelectric power stations. In vicinities of
New Athos there are set of natural excursion objects. Certainly,
most interesting among them is famous New Athos cave .
The cave was discovered in 1961.
To look for a map of halls of
New Athos cave (90 kb).
| The office building
and entrance to train platform. |
| Wonderful dances of
stalactites and stalagmites.
|The cave was open for tourists in 1975. In the
cave there are 10 underground halls. The length of largest of them is more than 100
meters, and the height is up to 50 meters. It is one of largest
researched karst crevices in the world. Total length of its routes
is about 3 285 m and height of ceilings is 15-97 m. Constantly the temperature of air
is about 12 degrees, the humidity is 94 - 97 %, pressure is 756 mm of merc.t.
The cave system has ground waters. The depth of lakes is 17-36 m. Scientific
researches in New Athos cave system have begun in 1961, when
discoverers falls into the cave through its natural entrance
"Bottomless pit", that located between rivers Psyrtskha and Adzykwa at
height of 220 m above a sea level. "Bottomless pit" and some more
entrances are closed now.
| In the
For the tourists under Iverian mountain
the special transport tunnel of length 1291 m was builded.
The electrotrain delivers the tourists from office building to the passenger platform
with artificially punched pedestrian entrance to the hall "Abkhazia". During 1,5 hours
the tourists passes under ground of 1,5 kilometers by well
equipped route and observes six basic halls of
New Athos cave. First three halls are almost deprived of "ornaments": they
amazes by its size, original chaos of clods, powerful
adjournment of clay, motionless levels of lakes. The second part
of the cave differs by decoration, grace and variety of
of drop-stream formations. The underground halls lookes like fantastic
palaces and temples. The beauty of underground ensemble and its separate
formations is emphasized by an art illumination and specially
sorted music. 130 searchlights and 120 fixtures shines
a fantastic underground world. The acoustic features of cave allows
to organize a concerts of abkhazian choral capella here. New Athos
cave is most impressing and beautiful cave, accessible us for
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