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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. 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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  • Uniq sicence beauty and history you can find in nature, Its Imazing how install it there. You must see definetly. 
  • it was gorgeous. if you like history or historical places like cathedrals, monasteries etc. this is one the best places ever around world. you lose yourself while watching the amazing view. 
  • Tariihi to go to the ayasofia chuch. History and nature places go for people with curiosity. Recommend
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  • Has a divine and magnificent atmosphere. You can almost feel monks walking around, making bread, fasting or praying. The view and structure is amazing. Must put on your bucket-list and see with your own eyes. Don't forget to drink spring water from the shrine next to the monastery.
  • Trabzona gederken gorulmesi gereken bir yer.Duzdu Trabzondan o qeder de uzaq olmasa da yolu sildirimlardan kecir.Amma men tessuf ki tam olaraq monastra gede bilmedim, temire gore baqli idim
  • Too bad it was closed for a long big renovation, but the road is great, nature, rivers, and waterfalls... Also you can spot the monastry down the road from the restaurants area by the river
  • 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.