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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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Go early, by cab!

We hired a taxi driver to take us up to the monastery early in the morning, at opening time. It was not crowded and the cab was comfortable. The trip up offers some amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We hired a taxi driver to take us up to the monastery early in the morning, at opening time. It was not crowded and the cab was comfortable. The trip up offers some amazing views.

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Ankara, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Although most of the paintings have been damaged it is still a good building. After you climb all the way to the monastery you see the inside and the view is of course amazing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The location is very nice although very difficult to reach. Car park is not possible and traffic jam. We had to walk uphill for a long time. The view from the top is spectacular.

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Leutasch, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Fantastic place of historical heritage in an astonishing environment. Its a pity that in past decades they dont took care about this place, so you will find a lot of damaged paintings and graffiti's on the walls. Nonetheless, since few years they began to restore and take care of this place. Better later than never. As in another places Turkey,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

word cant describe it,scenry is so lovely,nature at its best,just getting there is so much worth it,takes almost half a day though from trbazon,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Beautiful scenery. A hell of a climb. Wear comfortable shoes. We stayed about 3 km away from the main entrance to the park. A beautiful walk from our hotel.

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

nice place on the rock. Monastery is the historical place also. The way to the monastery is also beautiful.

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Muscat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Great. Nice place to visit. Make sure you have a good tour guide. Also, make sure you are physically fit to hike to the Monastery.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is an impressive site on many levels. The sheer determination and discipline that were required to build the monastery. The "defacing" of the iconography. We went out of our way to visit this, and found it to be worthwhile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Beautiful place to see, long walk with stairs, not good for elderly, more beautiful from outside, few nice shops along the way, make sure to park all the way inside,

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