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06.04.2022

Continuation of repair-construction works in the New Athos Monastery (2022)

 

1. Front door of the New Athos Monastery. Restoration works at the main door of the New Athos Monastery began in September 2019.
In March 2022, restoration works at the main door were continued.
In the niche, where in pre-revolutionary times there was a copy of the icon of the Mother of God “Vratarnitsa” (or Iberian), the same icon was installed, made in the mosaic technique.
The decision to make a copy of the icon in the mosaic technique was made in connection with the climatic conditions, because of the constant high humidity of the atmosphere, wooden icons placed in open spaces quickly deteriorate and deform. The mosaic was made by hand by parishioners of the New Athos Monastery Anzhelika and Amalia Saretsyan.
It is planned to research original wall paintings (frescoes), probably destroyed or hidden by plaster and paint during the Soviet period. In the pictures of Prokudin-Gorsky, dated back to early 20th century (according to Blaise Aguera y Arcas, 2004) fragments of these frescoes are visible. Specialists from the Department for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Abkhazia will be involved in implementation of this work.

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A castle stone with the date of the New Athos Monastery’s construction was discovered
The solemn, opening ceremony of commemorative plaque in the New Athos Monastery

 

2. Three-story eastern wing of the New Athos Monastery. In 2016, repair and restoration work began on the first floor of the three-story eastern wing of the brethren building of the monastery.
In March 2022, repair and restoration work was continued. Special rooms for the restoration workshop of the New Athos Monastery are being repaired in the northern part of the eastern wing.

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A fragment of old heating system of the New Athos Monastery was cleared

 

3. Room for the security service of the monastery at the front gate. At the central gate of the New Athos Monastery, located in the southeastern part of the fraternal building, there is a small outbuilding, it’s a special room for the security service of the monastery. The functional purpose of this wing did not change in Soviet times, when the Psyrtskha sanatorium was located in the monastery. After the Patriotic War of Abkhazian people in 1992-1993, till 2003, the wing was used as an apartment for small families. Since 2003, the wing has been used for its intended purpose. In January 2022, repair and restoration work was carried out in this building. Currently, automatic gates have been installed for the security service of the monastery and a video surveillance system for the New Athos Monastery is being designed.