Sumela Monastery, Trabzon

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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. Put Sumela 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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  • The Monestery was closed due to reconstruction, but the forrest was beautiful. It is recommended by car, or travel bus, unless you want a nice but heavy walk to the top of the mountain.  more »
  • We were unable to visit the inside of the monastery due to redecorating but the beauty of the surrounding landscape and a priceless natural wonder. We visited the monastery is closed around the plateaus and have enjoyed very much
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  • Nice drive to this Monastery between mountains with many places to stop for site seeing. The monastery was closed for renovation but you can see a good view of it.  more »
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  • The Monastery is still under renovation for years now , but the view around it were beautiful. Which is the only reason I'm giving it two stars.
  • Access was not allowed so we could only watch from 2 km away. Bear in mind that this can happen
  • What an impressive structure. Very secluded place at high mountains hidden in forest. It is definitely worth visiting.
  • Very nice pace. It is closed for restoration until 2019
  • Their website says it's open, but closed when we arrived. Didn't stop them from collecting entrance fee to "park" your car, disappointing.

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