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Sumela Monastery

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Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
Phone Number: 4642500333
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a place which you must see,it is hard to believe how they could build a building like this in that time...

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Arif A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a place which you must see,it is hard to believe how they could build a building like this in that time...

Thank Arif A
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are amazed by this monastery. This is a small town hided in rocks. You can see paintings on the wall from Christianity. We just were disappointed a little with the place being not well maintained. You can see a lot of writings on the wall from visitors over the years. But still good experience.

Thank deryamehmet
Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit during a day trip from Trabzon. The paintings on the ceiling were quite interesting. Amazing that this could be built on the mountain side

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Sumela monastery is Must See place near Trabzon. It is around 1 hour drive from city. This is old monastery in rocks. It is accessible by stairs (takes around 30-40 minutes - not easy to go up :) - but its kind of exercise) - or you can take minivan (for little extra charge).

Thank ezviadi
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

The way to Sumela Monastery is very difficult and dangerous and it is no suitable for old people and kids, it is totally not recommendable

1 Thank AliJehani
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We used Zagnos Tours and they told us immediately that the church was closed but we wanted to go to the area. In was mid November and when we arrived it started snowing. The mini bus stopped several times for us to get out and take photographs, then we walked up to the Monastery as easy 300 metres. The tour... More 

4 Thank christinefromkos
Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Took a minivan or bus from Trabzon for 30TL per person, total of 120TL. Driver took some additional passengers on the way but dropped them off before going up the mountain. Driver stopped a couple of picture stops, one next to fall and another with view of monastery which was very nice. He gave us 2 hours to meet down... More 

3 Thank Peter S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We visited the monastery during mid-spring season which was relatively cold and wet, but still a lot of tourists. The place is maintained well with remaining and clean monastery area to explore. It would require some walk to reach the site but not that difficult although people with regular exercise will be doing it easily. It might be good that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Get your breath and climb and you will be rewarded with the most stunning views and spiritual atmosphere of the Monastery. There are small huts at the foot of the mountains, where you can stay overnight and enjoy the view again from aside in the morning.

1 Thank Sona A
Sydney, Australia
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161 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

OK, so the monastery is not terrible but the fact that it has been closed since May 2015 for restoration works has been kept very quiet so that the retail stalls at the entry and the restaurant down below won't die in the interim certainly is. Indeed, if you check on the web you'll see that it's allegedly open but... More 

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