The Cape Panagia

The eastern point of the demarcation line between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov falls on a treeless shore, with a chain of stones departs. Perhaps due to its shape, which resembles a church with an image of the God’s Mother, the corporal was called Panagia, that is, “all the saints.” But there is another version, which says that from here, in the first century of our era, the Apostle Andrew the First began his missionary journey through the North Caucasus. He founded a church here and consecrated it in the name of the Virgin. But the landslide destroyed the temple.

The legend has a natural justification. The sea really “eats” a few meters of The Cape Panagia every year. Its base is soft limestone, formed by the skeletons of the ancient animals. During the long millennia it was clay, and when the shore rose above the water, the waves began to systematically destroy the fragile stone. The scenic cliffs along the shore are the result of this work.

What can you see?

The land of the Taman Peninsula and the sea near its shores are full of historical artifacts. Perhaps, the Amazon tribes lived here. The Greek colony of Phanagoria was in full swing with the grain. At the Cape Panagia, mountains made of clay skulls and ancient burials are constantly found.

In less than a year, the next team of divers is trying to find the legendary church on the seabed, which gave the cape its name. Until now, at a distance of 3 km from the current shore, only the ruins of an old lighthouse, the remains of the anchors of Greek galleys, have been found.

There are also modern ships, victims of shipwrecks and military operations. During the Great Patriotic War, from a cliff 30 m high, the 743rd coastal defense battery bombarded the German invaders. Now there are only underground passages and two powerful concrete slabes there. The sea has washed the shore, and now, the observation deck is already hanging in the air. There is a modest obelisk upstairs.

The road was blocked by an earthen embankment, because there is a real danger of landslide. Tourists will have to walk several hundred meters and observe with extreme caution.

The area on the cape is deserted and untidy, for extreme tourists. There are no sources of fresh water and firewood. A little further along the coast is the construction of the docks of the new port, but it is impossible to get there due to the ravines and embankments. The road is dirt, in dry weather,it can be completely passable by an ordinary car. But it is difficult to get out of the cape when the weather is bad.

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