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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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  • Not a drive by making the mistake of 3.2 km on foot. As a remote panoramic photo. I hope this ends early restoration. Other than that, if you are going in the fall if different colors can be ideal to take the picture, the trees also do not go back without a clean air:)
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  • Neverending renovations. Although I can't see inside from the outside appearance of the sümela awesome even. It's not like I saw in the photos are very impressive structure. Worth the trip all the way to just look at it, it's your decision
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  • The nature of living in that old atmosphere you with wonderful historical sites will not be able to return without experiencing a Trabzon gelinipte History Museum ...
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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.