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Study tour to the royal village of Ankhua (near New Athos)

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On 13 May, 2019, the Chairman of the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia, Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), organized a study tour to the royal village of Ankhua near New Athos.

A large number of cultural and historical monuments are situated on the territory of the village of Ankhua, Gudauta district (in ancient times, Anakopia was the capital of medieval Abazgia), starting from the Paleolithic era (ancient stone age) until the beginning of the 20th century.

Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar) compiled 3 routes to Ankhua, taking into account geographical features and location of a large number of cultural and historical monuments.

The first route “New Athos – the villages of Agtsa and Adzkhapsh in Ankhua”:

•A picturesque monastic road along the canyon of Msyra river;
•The mountain of Anykhamtsa and the grotto of Akhupshka;
•“Три котла” (Three boilers) (natural water basins in the canyon of Msyra river);
•Four monastic arched hand-made bridges (1908);
•Ruins of the medieval church of St. George;
•Skete (monastery) of St. John the Baptist (1905);
•Spring with clean water;
•Agtsa Grotto (Paleolithic, Neolithic and Middle Ages);
•The “Green Canyon” (natural water basins in the canyon of Msyra River).

The second route: “New Athos – the villages of Aquacha and Aquy in Ankhu:

•Ruins of the medieval Aquacha temple;
•Medieval altar Iconostasis in the temple of Aquacha;
•The ruins of a medieval temple on Mount Aquy (500 meters above sea level);
•Monastic household construction dated back to the late of XIX century;
•Monastic Reservoir;
•Location of the monastic steam locomotive and the first steam locomotive of Abkhazia (steam locomotive of 597/1902, German production);
•The remains of the narrow-gauge monastic railway;
•Cave of Abkhaz speleologists;
•Two rounded stone structures (possibly cromlechs) on Mount Aquy;
•Spring with clean water;
•Atsanguara (possibly cromlech);
•Cromlech and the remains of the dolmen;

The third route: “New Athos – the villages of Adzhapsh and Bzhylua in Ankhua”:

•The current house church in honor of the icon of Our Lady of Anakopia in the village of Adzkhapsh (2011);
•Ruins of a medieval monastery complex with two temples in the village of Bzhylua;
•Ruins of the medieval fortress of Abaruk;
•Antique cyclopean fortress buildings in the village of Bzhylua

Currently, the most comfortable route of the above ones is route No. 1, which was demonstrated on a study tour.