Sumela MonasteryCurrently Closed
- 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
Sumela Monastery - Review
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.
How To reach Sumela Monastery by Public Transport
- You’ll have to drive to be here.
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95% of people who visit Trabzon include Sumela Monastery in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
87.32% of people start their Sumela Monastery visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sumela Monastery
94.8% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sumela Monastery
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Sumela Monastery , Trabzon Reviews
Unfortunately this amazing place is closed since 2014 , i have visited the black sea at least 3 times in order to get inside Sumela monastery but its been closed and under construction since then. Its sad to reach this place and find out that you can only see it from a long distance but the surrounding is amazing and i suggest that you visit this place in week days not weekends due to traffic from locals.
Your view is highly weather dependent. You can wait a few mins on a decent day for the fog to move so don't give up immediately if you don't see it. Hang out a bit and try your luck again. Currently you cannot go into the Monastery. It's been under construction for roughly 2 years. The rumors are that it will open back up Aug 2018 but our guide didn't seem to be too hopefully about it. You're basically looking at the outside of the Monastery. There are 5 small windows on the left which is where the actual entrance is. The main part you're looking at on the outside are apparently where the "students" stayed. If you could go in, you wouldn't be able to get that view because you have to come through a completely different entrance on the left (where the 5 small windows are). There is a cafe, two spots with fairly dirty bathrooms, and a trail you can follow down stream which I discovered last minute. If you just come to look at the Monastery, you will probably spend about 15 mins here. If you want to walk around you can probably take the trail for a short walk to spend more time next to a raging river. Enjoy!
Still closed for remodelations, so frustrating. Still worth the trip to see it tho
Very beautiful place to visit... also there are some restaurants that serve delisious foods..
The view from the monastery to the high mountains and fir trees in front of it is just stunning․
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