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Sumela Monastery, Trabzon

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
Visit the hidden gem of history and ecclesiastical art at Sumela 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. Our Trabzon trip itinerary planner makes visiting Sumela Monastery and other Trabzon attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Place your eyeballs for two years for reforms, but truly wonderful waterfall is excellent and can take beautiful pictures of different places
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  • Human beings are very sensitive in how such a high mountain forest to the point that he made tremendous work photo by sasira. History and fascinating.
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  • Amalia who sobered up and passed out again and look man, no the rarest old historical thing split work Let's say because the new trabzon just big buildings and a promo
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  • Yes. Place is Currently closed for restorations. .. until approximately Oct-Nov 2016. But... still... the walk up to the ministry was enjoyable. It was raining on the day we arrived but still, the trees and green trees were very pleasant
  • This Cliff-side Monastery is a Greek Orthodox Monastery and deeply hidden in a valley. The complex is partly built into the cave harmoniously. However, the frescos inside the rock church was heavily vandalised before 1930s.
  • Soumela is definitely a must see in this Black Sea region. This last year in 2014 parts of the monastery were closed but the main church with the incredible fresco's was still viewable. The drive up the river from the city is nice and if you choose you will enjoy the walk up the hill from the lot. You can drive up close to the top if the fairly steep 1 mile or so path is too difficult. The site itself is not that big and doesn't take long to tour but its still worth seeing and gives you a good idea of what monastic life was like on this beautiful mountaintop.
  • nice monastery in the rock, but closed now
  • Just so everyone is fully aware, this place is fully closed Sept 2015 until Sept 2016 for renovations.