New Athos Cave
The New Athos Cave (Abkhaz: Афон Ҿыцтәи аҳаҧы; Georgian: ახალი ათონის მღვიმე; Russian: Новоафонская Пещера) also Novoafonskaya, Novy Afon Cave, or New Afon Cave is a karst cave in the Iverian Mountain, Georgia (Abkhazia) near New Athos. It is one of the largest caves in the world with the volume of its void of about 1,000,000 m3.
The abyss on a slope of the Iverian Mountain was known for ages, referred to as the "Bottomless Pit". It was explored in 1961 by an expedition of four: Zurab Tintilozov, Arsen Okrojanashvili, Boris Gergedava, and Givi Smyr.
Since 1975 it has been a major tourist attraction, featuring its own underground railway. The cave consists of 9 major cavities.
- Voronya Cave, the deepest in the world
- Abkhazia's status is disputed. It considers itself to be an independent state, but this is recognised by only a few other countries. The Georgian government and most of the world's other states consider Abkhazia de jure a part of Georgia's territory. In Georgia's official subdivision it is an autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi.
- In Georgian, ზურაბ ტინტილოზოვი
- In Georgian, არსენ ოქროჯანაშვილი
- In Georgian, ბორის გერგედავა
- In Georgian, გივი სმირ
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