Sumela Monastery

Currently 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

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 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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  • 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.

People also prefer to start their day with Sumela Monastery.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Even though damaged by vandals (long ago), we found it wonderful. And the people it attracts (from all over the world) were very kind and thoughtful. Loved it there!

  • Soumela monastery is beautiful but it’s closed. And apparently has been for 6-7 years now. They keep saying it’ll open every year, but it never does. We tried to find some hikes close to it, but they are closed off, also. I saw security guards sitting at the main one about 1km away where cars park. It’s pretty, but unsure if worth bothering unless you pair it up with other activities for the day :)

  • Very good place .green valley of water stream and amazing monastery

  • Wonderful monastery in the mountains. The valley has a relaxing effect. Must-see.

  • 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.

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