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Sumela Monastery

Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 22 attractions in Trabzon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Churches/ Cathedrals, Lookouts
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Go with the unguided tour (Metro bus lines, 30TL return). It will drop you at the top gate, 300m from monastery, after some photo ops, but take your time descending the mountain and meet them at the bottom gate (the restaurant), 1.3km downhill. For the lazy, the bus also picks up at the top gate 1 hr earlier than at... More

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Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Without a doubt the best thing to do in the region. Unfortunately there are no tour guides, so you have to do a bit of reading. Perfect for history nerds & outdoor enthusiasts alike. Best bet is to book a 'tour' with an agency, don't try to get here on your own ;)

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Melbourne
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

First of all scenery around the monastery is absolutely stunning and majestic, Turks have a saying here, you will see every colour of green !!! Next, as ou approach Sumela you will gain appreciation and be in awe of people who could build this monastery into those cliffs in this challenging terrain & climate. When you enter Sumela, it is... More

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Mazamet, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We arrived mid afternoon in our motorhome and the place was manic and chaotic. Parked and spent the night and visited first thing in the morning. Stunning location, fantastic frescos. Not a big site for the numbers of vistors.

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Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

An excellent part of Turkish History. We did a private tour with another couple with a guide and the trip takes about 45 minutes from Trabzon. It rains a lot in this area and it did the day we were there. The buildings and fresco's were very interesting and with the knowledge provided by the guide made the trip here... More

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Kusadasi, Turkey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Maybe not a 5 star monument but it's situation in the mountains + it's history make it worth while visiting. Spectacular view from below, a bit disappointing once you're inside (due to overdone restoration.. but this will be compensated by the impressive collection of fresco's. GOOD ADVICE: please visit the monastery in the morning hours (before 12 am) while the... More

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Canada, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were picked up at our hotel and taken to the monastery with one photo stop on the way. Go early as the crowds tend to be there later in the day. We were dropped by our driver and given a couple of hours to wonder on our own and then make our way down the trail to a meeting... More

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

It's by far the #1 attraction in Trabzon and a must see place. Up in the mountain and the road is good. It took us 45 minutes to reach via a private car. Once you reach the gate you will then have to walk around 300m to reach the Monastery. The stairs are steep so be careful but lots of... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Superb position on the mountainside and some tremendous wall paintings from its time as a monastery. An excellent small shop selling quality souvenirs and good coffee. Well worth a visit. Access involves fairly steep paths and many steps, so potentially difficult for those less sure on their feet, particularly when it's raining - which it often is. Crowded in the... More

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Shizuoka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The site excited my imagination to the time monasties lived. The view from the site is picturesque. It should be listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites. But, it is a pity to see that walls are deluged with scribbles and graffiti. After the hike, teat yourself with the cold spring water from the river at the stop-off near the... More

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