Little known Crimea. All forgotten Surb Egiya

Well, I continue to show the Crimean places, about which not everyone knows.
Today, the location, which even the locals have not heard of, and when I showed it to Instagram, from Crimea, questions like “how to get there?” Rained down from the Crimeans.
And the location is interesting. And its fate, and the texture and potential, including for various thematic photo shoots.
So, the forgotten half-destroyed Armenian church of Saint Egia is forgotten by all.
Moreover, there is an opinion, it is also the oldest Armenian church in the Crimea!
Saint Egia
2. Everyone knows the monastery of Surb Khach, built in the forest near the Old Crimea as far back as the 14th century, many were near it, drank herbal tea on the porch with the caretaker, and listened to the history of the vanished Armenian city of Kazarat.
But for some reason, the caretaker almost never talks about this place - Surb Egia.
This church, like Surb Khach, dates from the same XIV century and is located at some distance from it - near the village of Rich. And,If you look at the settlement map of the Armenians of that time, and this is Kafa (now Feodosiya), Sudak and the nearest surroundings), then it turns out that Surb Egiyah is almost out of place.
Saint Egia
3. However, there is an explanation. The fact that this church was part of the monastery of St.. Ilya. Well, monasteries, as you know, were often built just away from major cities or trade routes.
Monastery of St. Ilya was different from other monasteries in that he served in it once a year, on the day of St. Ilya on August 2.
The monastery with the church existed for more than 6 centuries, until the first half of the last century, when the Soviet government took over. In 1927 the monastery was closed, abandoned and it began to gradually collapse.
Saint Egia
4. The most amazing thing is that today Surb Egia is included in the list of the cultural heritage of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea! And it is included in this list back in 1969, by the decision of the Ukrainian SSR No. 970. But, as we see, it does not save him from destruction.
In general, it is surprising how strong in olden times erected buildings. For almost 100 years, the building has been abandoned, but it’s completely worth it, even the vaults have not completely collapsed.
Saint Egia
5. By the way, this temple is unique and has no analogues in the Crimea: its architecture combines Armenian, Arab and Western European motifs.From the Armenian architecture, the temple took ornamental stone carvings and reliefs instead of wall paintings, from Western European - the long form of the basilica of the building, the cross vault.
Judging by the remnants of carving on the walls and relief images at the altar, the church was once beautiful both inside and outside ..
Saint Egia
6. Now, of course, she is in a severely destroyed state and no one knows how much he has left ...
Saint Egia
7. In the central part of the church, the vault is still holding, but it has already collapsed above the entrance group ...
Saint Egia
8. In addition to the surviving ruins of the church, the monastery complex also included cells, outbuildings and a holy spring with a fountain. According to legend, the water from it healed from many ailments.
It is said that the healing properties of water from this source were discovered by a simple shepherd, who had ulcers on his feet, which could not be treated. Once the shepherd washed his feet in the water of the spring and the next day noticed an improvement. For several days he washed his feet in this spring, and soon the ulcers healed. The monastery fountain, of course, could not be saved. How old it was and where the spring took its waters, they only know that old trees leaning over the leaning back walls ...
Saint Egia
How to find this abandoned church?
If you drive along the Simferopol-Kerch highway, in the direction of Kerch, before entering the village of Bogatoye, turn right onto a dirt road and drive about 300 meters. On the left side you will see a clearing with the remains of a church.


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