New Athos Cave

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The New Athon Cave, 2006
The Skeleton
New Athos Cave metro

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[1]) 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,[2] Arsen Okrojanashvili,[3] Boris Gergedava,[4] and Givi Smyr.[5]

Since 1975 it has been a major tourist attraction, featuring its own underground railway. The cave consists of 9 major cavities.

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ In Georgian, ზურაბ ტინტილოზოვი
  3. ^ In Georgian, არსენ ოქროჯანაშვილი
  4. ^ In Georgian, ბორის გერგედავა
  5. ^ In Georgian, გივი სმირ

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Coordinates: 43°06′02″N 40°47′26″E / 43.10056°N 40.79056°E / 43.10056; 40.79056