Chelter-Coba is a rock-cut monastery. It was founded in the 8th-9th centuries and had existed until the Turkish invasion in 1475. It has 22 caves of different sizes, which used to be monastic cells, refectories, storages, a common refectory, and a temple.
On the way to the monastery.
Driving past Kachi-Kalion caves.
The rocks are beautiful!
Believe it or not, people used to live here. There were several temples on the slope of the hill.
Fresh air, a mountain road, 40 degrees Celsius…
Here it is!
If you turn right, you’ll find a spring and a phiale.
A bell gable.
Monasteries which had a refectory – Chelter-Coba is one of them – were highly respected. Some of them contained holy relicts that’s why a lot of pilgrims visited them. Supposedly, the monastery was named after St. Fedor Stratilat.
The refectory is in the open air.