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Sumela Monastery

Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Trabzon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Glyfada, Greece
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131 reviews 131 reviews
16 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The The view is breathtaking; the main church build in a cave is full of fresco of great value. You can visit only a fraction of the monastery. Too bad toy cannot visit the baptism hall with the icon of Virgin Mary also you cannot climb to the bell tower,

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It is quite the hike, even though the van lets you off about 300 meters away. Lots of thick roots covering the path as well as rocks. Beautiful icon type murals painted throughout the buildings. Magnificent scenery, glad I had a good coat. Truly a highlight of things I've seen.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

very beautiful place, you have to walk upstairs for a while to reach it. there is a lot of paintings on the wall even the roof.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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221 reviews 221 reviews
141 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It's quite a walk, but wow it's a great view! Full of wonderful history. You must go if you are here!

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The climb was a little too steep for my legs...got to be fit to get to the top, once you ge there, you will be amazed! How fit were those ancient monks?

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Lodz, Poland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Starting from 4th century till 1920 it was a Greek Orthodox monastery . Nestled in a steep cliff at an altitude of about 1,200 metres it is a site of great historical and cultural significance, as well as a major tourist attraction in Trabzon area. You need to walk a few minutes from parking to reach this exceptional place ,... More 

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

You cannot even imagine how they built that monastery there many centuries ago. Walking up to entrance is already a very tiring experience. However it worth so much to climb there and see the amazing view and structure.

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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It obviously took a lot of effort to build this remarkable monastery in the location which is so beautiful but inaccessible. The actual interior is more like a small open-air museum and the best photographs are taken on the road up to the site if you are able to stop on the narrow road. The mountain views across the valley... More 

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Odessa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very interesting frm historical point of view but you must be ready to climb high to the mountains,so put on comfortable shoes and if it is agroup of people just take a small bus and you will be able to get by bus there,otherwise you will have to climb by goat path 1200 metres uphill

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Istanbul, Turkey
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96 reviews 96 reviews
51 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The trip to the monastery was the highlight of an already wonderful trip. We travelled by car, had no problem finding the place as it was perfectly indicated. The construction is smaller than I expected, but so nice, well preserved and taken care of. The walking paths were wonderful. Make sure that you have cash on you as they do... More 

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