Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

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.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

On the way to the monastery.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Driving past Kachi-Kalion caves.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

The rocks are beautiful!

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Believe it or not, people used to live here. There were several temples on the slope of the hill.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Fresh air, a mountain road, 40 degrees Celsius…

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Here it is!

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

If you turn right, you’ll find a spring and a phiale.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

A bell gable.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

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.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

The refectory is in the open air.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Looked like a dump but it turned out later that the garbage was regularly collected.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

What a view!

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Monks’ laptops and mobile phones had solar batteries…

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

…and smoke stacks (JK)!

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

This is a monastery shop where one could buy candles and icons. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell magnets at that time.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

These are old monastic cells.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

These are wood handrails on the way to the temple.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Just 14-16 monks lived in this pretty big monastery. That’s why apart from monks, warriors and people from the nearby villages came to pray here.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

These are habitable monastic cells.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Everything is quite simple inside.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

All the caves of the monastery used to be connected by ladders. That’s why the Tatars called it Chelter-Coba meaning ‘grating’ and ‘cave’.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Enjoy the view!

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

This is the entrance into the temple.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

It is situated inside the grotto with a floor area of 150 square meters. They cut out a hollow for the altar, and placed niches there.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

This is a singing gallery. The service starts at 3 p. m. so prior to this time visitors are allowed to be here.

Rock Monastery Chelter-Coba

Here’s another great view of a hill not far from Krasniy MakĀ  (Red Poppy)Village.

Location: The Crimea

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