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Sumela Monastery

Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Trabzon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Lookouts, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Lodz, Poland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
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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95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Baku, Azerbaijan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

In Black sea region Sumela monastery is the best place to visit. Before going I have reviewed some coments about it but really was amazing trip. There should be an entrance fee but don't remember exact amount. If you are planning to buy souvenirs do it not at the bottom where you take a small bus to up, but in... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I had heard from friends about the monastery; they had visited it 30 years previous. I felt it had probably become a little more commercial since then and I felt the crowds spoilt my enjoyment of this place. I visited on a Sunday - I think a working day may have been less crowded.

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Burnaby, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Visit to this 1000 year old monastery requires strenuous walking which includes about 10-20 minutes rocky path walking up and 10-20 minutes walking down. Once inside the monastery, the steps are much easier to manage. It's a very impressive site. Admittance was 15 TL when we were there in October 2014. Information for cruise passengers: just outside of the port... More 

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NY Metro Area
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Although there were a significant number of tourists, we were able to take our time and soak in the incredible beauty, serenity and history of the Monestary. Take your time in the chapel, the frescoes although damaged, are breathtaking in their simplicity and intensity. We arrived on a cruise ship but easily made arrangements via email with Eyce Tours in... More 

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Western Norway, Norway
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223 reviews 223 reviews
109 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A must to visit when you are in this area. Nice wall paitings inside and outside the cave. A museum shop - also selling coffee and tea just above the entrance. A pity that a big part of the monastry is closed off for public.

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