Sumela Monastery

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

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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TripHobo Highlights for Sumela Monastery

  • Sumela Monastery Address: AltindereVadisi, 61750 Macka/Trabzon, Turkey
  • Sumela Monastery Contact Number: +90-4625311064
  • Sumela Monastery Timing: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Sumela Monastery Price: 15 TRY
  • Best time to visit Sumela Monastery(preferred time): 09:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Sumela Monastery: 01:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sumela Monastery

  • 95% of people who visit Trabzon include Sumela Monastery in their plan

  • 92.38% of people start their Sumela Monastery visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sumela Monastery

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sumela Monastery

People normally club together Ataturk's Villa and Altindere Vadisi National Park while planning their visit to Sumela Monastery.

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Sumela Monastery , Trabzon Reviews

  • A bit overrated, driving to the top is a nightmare. Very crowded during summer but you can't afford missing going there anyhow. The place is closed for internal tours for the past 2 years ( when writing this review). So stopping at the bottom should suffice as you will be able to glance the majestic monastery carved in the mount stone.. Waterfalls are common in the area and site seeing is simply adoring. Poor rating is only due to the hassle in reaching and the fact its closed

  • One of the most beautiful things ever seen ... way to there very hard need a strong car but definitely deserve

  • 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!

  • It looked great from far away, but unfortunately it was closed, I don’t recommend until it is reopened, probably on 2019

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