St. Michael's mount Athos monastery in Adygea
St. Michael's mount Athos monastery or Michael-Athos deserts of the TRANS-Kuban was built in the 19th century on the initiative of the monk who visited mount Athos in Greece. However, in 1920 with the coming to power of Communists the lands of the monastery were confiscated, and its buildings were arranged rest house of the GPU (State political administration). In 1944 it was converted to a juvenile facility, after which the buildings of the monastery were systematically destroyed, including blasting. In 1972 the remaining monastic buildings were converted into a camp "Romantic". Only in 2001 the land and remaining buildings were returned to the Church, the revival of the monastery and the restoration of the lost structures. Today is not only the functioning monastery, but also a monument of architecture.
In addition to the complex of the monastery there is a Holy spring of Saint Pantaleon, which is located on the mountain in a half-hour walk on foot on the well-equipped stairs. Near the source is and font. Also there is an ancient cave monastery. As near any popular tourist site, before entering the monastery there is the Adyghe mountain honey and cheese, herbs and of course Souvenirs. Ideally, you should visit this place with a guided tour, because without interesting commentary visit here will be not so interesting.
🕐 Working time: for tourists daily from 08:00 to 17:00, on Sundays and holidays from 08:00 to 20:00. The cave monastery is a rare, but you can see him outside through the bars.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets cost: free tours are available for donations by prior agreement
🚶 How to get there: the monastery is located in the village of Victory in 15 kilometres from the centre of Kamennomostskiy (monastery on the map). You can get here by private transport or taxi, and there is ample free Parking. Tours can be booked by phone: 8-928-669-30-79 (Irina), 8 928-471-57-36 (Anna) or directly on the spot in the center of the monastery. To the source from the monastery to walk 20 minutes up the stairs on the signs. To the cave monastery on the contrary will have to come down.