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Sumela Monastery

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Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
Phone Number: 4642500333
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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This season most of it is closed

It was quite a trek from Istanbul and quite underwhelming since most of it is closed due to lots of rain and snow this past year. It really is a beautiful place and amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

It was quite a trek from Istanbul and quite underwhelming since most of it is closed due to lots of rain and snow this past year. It really is a beautiful place and amazing history but a bit disappointing since we could only see a small fraction of it. I wouldn't travel far for just sumela. We added on a... More 

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We went with a group of tourists to visit Sumela manastery and it was an amazing place to discover so full of history and nature !

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is another testimony to the determination and perseverance of believers who want to build a monument of significance. What bothered me was that the faces on the walls were scraped off by acts of vandalism and the shameful graffiti all over the place. It's amazing how people could build such a thing in this harsh environment!

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Rafina, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

No words for such a Treasure, hidden away in wonderful evocative and imposing whole-green mountains!!.. It an ode to human faith, effort, struggle with the impossible and .. final victory!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Be aware that the road up is traffic chaos, especially weekend and holidays. Landslides are common. It's best to take a tour bus unless you're familiar with driving dangerous busy roads. Metro company above Trabzon main square goes there daily. Also slippery so you need good shoes.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I organized my entire trip around Turkey so that I could come to Sumela, and it did not disappoint. The wooded mountains and roaring waterfalls surrounding it are beautiful, and the sight of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff is one of the most unique things I have ever seen. You don't need more than 1 hour... More 

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Gilsland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

It's not an easy drive up to the top of the hill. There is - from the car park - a walking option. We didn't take it, but my guess is that it's not easy either! Entry to the whole park is 9tl for a car. You then pay another 15tl per person to get into the monastery itself. None... More 

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Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

It is a beautiful historical place from Pontus Greeks Era. For people who can't climb up, there is another road to drive by vehicle, goes directly at the entrance of the monastery. Can be tiring for the old people. Watching the nature from the garden is excellent...

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The only thing missing the adequate preservation and this IS a place that should remain for eternity. The only other thing missing is education or information to accompany the experience. The mind boggles at the ability to construct this monastery. In that it is not unique as the world offers many monasteries that boggle the mind. What is unique is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We visited at the weekend, which may have been a mistake - it was very crowded. The drive to the trailhead winds up a narrow steep valley, often veiled in cloud. The monastery itself is almost better seen from a distance through cloud - it has little sense of mystery or remoteness close up. The sheer fact of its existence,... More 

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Address: Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
Phone Number: 4642500333
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Turkish Black Sea Coast  >  Trabzon Province  >  Trabzon

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