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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  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • August 14, 2017
    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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  • What an impressive structure. Very secluded place at high mountains hidden in forest. It is definitely worth visiting.
  • They say in America" there is no geographic cure"-well, that's because they are stuck "LIVING" there. I have always been an European dual citizen and never listened to Americans who say that ridiculous saying.;) I knew there was a more cultured existence available to me and never gave up. . As usual i was right. I never turn away from my inner voice. EVER. :) The most magnificent naturally beautiful place in the world-and i have resided in or travelled to 65 countries-is Turkey- most specifically Uzungol the mystical lake close by Sumela Monastery. No words exist to express the deep gratitude I have to the Universe for always blessing me and shining a perfect star on me my whole life and bringi ng me to Cennet, Heaven. 😃 If you miss sumela and Uzungol, you just missed Heaven! "Allahallah" oh God no!:( Sumela monestary sits perched on a precipice of one of the most beautiful cliffs you have ever seen and surrounded by verdant hills. It is exquisite; there is no other word to describe this region. When you come upon Rize with its majestic mist covered towering mountains tumbling into the Beautiful Black Sea you will need to catch your breath-literally if you are someone who appreciates Natural beauty. Don't MISS this!!!!
  • Their website says it's open, but closed when we arrived. Didn't stop them from collecting entrance fee to "park" your car, disappointing.
  • 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.
  • 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

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