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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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really amazing that how did they built in rocks that time.........very well maintained................don't miss it

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

To get there you can join a tour. We went through Sumela tour (30TL), there wasn't a guide, only a driver. You can also find another tour office near the Mcdonalds. Once we got there, we were surprised by the crowds. Compared to other monasteries I've been to, to wasn't that great. The graffiti was so unfortunate. However, the location... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

really amazing that how did they built in rocks that time.........very well maintained................don't miss it

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Loved it. A must go place. Go and see this beautiful Monastery, you will never regret once get there.In summer time I suggest you carry a bottle of water. Amazing views to the valley and the paintings in the inside of the buildings

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

So high in the mountains, view there is just amazing. U can get up there on foot(i guess its too hard) also by bus/car. Enter fee is 15 TL, begins from 4th century Christian paintings. Good energy there,u feel ancient.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

well, it is hard to walk there but the good news is that, they have busses to the valley under the monastery so you only need to walk 300 metres. it is a hard and short walk. go there with a guide.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Sumela Monastery though off the beaten track, is well worth the trek all the way up. To enjoy the vistas of the approach and surrounding areas it is best visited in late spring or early summer when the weather is much better. Rain and snow does not help. Perched on a mountain top and cleverly secluded one can understand the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Loved it, a must go for me. Not along drive from Trabzon (around 60 min). The entire trip would take around 3-4 hours.

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Kajang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We took a van arranged by our hotel and we paid 25TL each. The van took about 40 minutes to reach the monastery passing beautiful streams, waterfalls, high cliffs and quaint houses perched high on the hills. The trek up to the monastery was a short, lovely but somewhat muddy 10 minute walk through a forested path with ice covered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A long trail in the 'jungle'. Altiutde 1.200m. Contamination, not on the sight itself of caravanesque eateries. Still the cascading edifice, roofless or not, with acts of profanity on the icons is of Thibetan caliber. We ignore the Orthodox 'idolatry'. It is of great interest and with differential impact if you are not there as an orthodox pilgrim. We paid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If you love waterfalls, this is the place to go. I walked up till the monastery but didn't get that excited as i like nature more than historical buildings. So if you are into a bit of history, that place is for you too.

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