Sumela Monastery , Trabzon

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • Address: AltindereVadisi, 61750 Macka/Trabzon, Turkey
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +90-4625311064
  • Ticket Price: 15 TRY
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Historical Site, Monastery
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About Sumela Monastery , Trabzon

This is a Greek Orthodox Monastery that is situated on top of the Mela Mountain. It is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It is also a part of the Altindere National Park and thus a place of historic and cultural importance. It was founded in 836 AD during the rule of Theodosius I and has been renovated several times since then.

The main features of the church and monastery are the Rock Church, chapels, kitchens, students’ rooms, a guesthouse, a library, a sacred spring revered by the Eastern Orthodox Christians. The typical Turkish designs are evident from the design of the cupboards, niches and fireplace. The Rock Church has a number of beautiful frescoes that date back to the 18th century. These are done in 3 levels and the lowermost level has the best ones. These are mainly scenes from the Bible telling stories about Jesus and Virgin Mary. 

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Sumela Monastery , Trabzon Reviews

  • 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.

  • Beautiful building in the middle of nature, unfortunately closed for restoration until somewhere in 2018.

  • 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

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