Chelter-Koba is a unique monastery situated in one of the Crimean rocks. Let’s have a look how people live there in the 21st century.
Beginning of the climbing.
Such beautiful rocks are left behind.
After several hundreds of meters the clearing changes with narrow path surrounded by shrubs.
The path is not the easiest to climb, but at the top you’ll find a marvellous rock monastery. It was found in the 8-9 centuries and had existed till the Turkish army captured the Crimea in 1475.
The monastery’s belfry.
The very monastery is situated in a natural grotto with the area of more than 150 square meters. All in all there are 22 caves of different size and purpose – these are monastery cells, cellarages, small and big refectory.
Wide and spreading natural rock canopy protects from wind and rain a rather big area where monastery inhabitants spend their time.
Open-air refectory. The golden cupola is soon going to be installed above the entrance.
One can feel the 21st century here as these people have computers and a web page. They get electricity from such solar batteries.
This passage along the rock goes to the church.
Monastery cells. Such pretty wooden ladders lead to each cell.
This cell is cut out manually and is the remotest one. A magnificent view opens from it.
One of the cells and the ladder.