Soumela Monastery, Trabzon

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Visit the hidden gem of history and ecclesiastical art at Soumela Monastery, perched on a scenic cliff overlooking the Altindere Valley. Located inside Altindere Valley National Park at 1,200 m (3,900 ft), the Orthodox monastery dates back to the 4th century CE. The complex has been damaged and restored several times throughout its long history, but you can still admire its impressive frescoes, ornamentation, and exceptional architecture. The site is easily reachable from Trabzon via bus or taxi, or join one of the organized tours that take you there from the city. To get to the monastery itself you have to do a bit of hiking, so be sure to have appropriate footwear. PutSoumela Monastery into our Trabzon trip itinerary site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • An excellent visit. Lived up to expectations. Well laid out and labelled and our guide provided additional information. Well worth the short hike 
    An excellent visit. Lived up to expectations. Well laid out and labelled and our guide provided additional information. Well worth the short hike  more »
  • It can't be improved in my opinion.. It should be told to people how many steps to climb. Not suitable for disabled people. 
    It can't be improved in my opinion.. It should be told to people how many steps to climb. Not suitable for disabled people.  more »
  • When history talk, we have to listen. A wonderful route from Trabzon city to Altindere Park passing by a lot of heavy trees, rocky mountains, water streams and light rain breeze. Many stairs to reach....  more
    When history talk, we have to listen. A wonderful route from Trabzon city to Altindere Park passing by a lot of heavy trees, rocky mountains, water streams and light rain breeze. Many stairs to reach....  more »
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  • Such a unique place with an interesting story. Though it had its up and downs, it is still a magical place. Definitely a must see in the area. The grounds are well maintained. You have to take the shuttle to go up to the monastery. There is a coffee shop and also restroom. There is also a gift shop and a cafeteria midway to the monastery. It might get chilly and rainy. We loved it
  • The advertisement photo is majestic but visitors are allowed to access only a tiny part of the place. The view shown in the photo is inaccessible. Spent more time walking to reach the monetary than the time inside. The walk is long and tough, hundreds of irregular stair treads. Nice adventure overall.
  • An attraction must to see. They charge 75lira for adults above 8. And there is a device for rent in 4 languages to explain everything about the site. This device cost 45 lira each. I personally categorize it under religion Tourism for whoever is interested in this kind of places. The place has 350mtrs of steps so prepare your self for a good walk.
  • What a fascinating monastery built and carved in the mountains. This place makes you travel in time. It can get pretty crowded during national holidays but otherwise a lively heritage. I took one star out of my grading as paintings were destroyed by people who had zero vision for heritage over the years since it was built 😞my heart hurts when I see this, Turkish government is making an effort to protect it now, wonderful treasure sustained for many centuries, super magical!
  • It was a tiring road to the monastery itself but it was worth it. From down the mountain there are vans ready where you buy a ticket there and back it is a reasonable price and they take you to a certain point where you then take the stairs to the monastery. A lovely monastery that has been beautifully restored. What I miss is that they would possibly put a view terrace on the mountain opposite in the future.

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