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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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Miaoli, Taiwan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Well...it's still amazing to see the painting on the top of rocks.But when I saw the pictures on website or on streets,I supposed that I could visit one of the buildings and take a view of the whole valley. Unfortunately,Only the left small part of building you could visit,the other part is remained closed.The only place you could visit which... More

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Lake of Bays, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a very special place that appears to be well serviced by Trabazon tour companies. It was foggy when we arrived, bit this added to mystery of this monestary. The church frescoes are exceptional.

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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Sumela Monastery is a great place to visit, full of history and charm. You can visit from Trabzon, or look to spend some time in one of the nearby pansions. You can drive up to the monastery, or as we did, take the 1.2km walk uphill which was fun as it took you through the woodlands. Try to get in... More

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sydney
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

While on our cruise ship we joined a group tour to the Sumela Monastry, which is about one and half hours from Trabzon. After being picked up from the port in Trabzon we continued through the town with the guide explaining about the countryside along the way. Lots of small villages and farmlands. The Sümela Monastery is built on the... More

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Although it was 45 mins far away from Trabzon center but it was worth the visit and amazing. I booked a trip to reach it and this is the best way because the road up to the monastery was narrow and you may not find a place to park. Reaching the monastery requires some physical effort. Don't forget to wear... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I visited this monastery during winter in snowy weather. After arriving at the base camp I started my upward way. The top of the hill was veiled by clouds. It seem to ascend the heavens. I took about 45 minutes to reach the top. Lunar landscape. There were 2-3 tourists more. A whole lunar landscape available for me; actually a... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

like paradise,nice food in the restaurant by the river,you must walk to arrive to monastery,visited in 15th of August

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Sumela Monastry is the most attractive place that I have seen in my last years. The nature of the valley makes happy the people without doing something but only wathcing and listening to it. I think the animal invented this incredible feeling much early than humanbeing and made this place their home. The flora anda fauna must be seen by... More

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Zell am See, Austria
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is an "eagles nest" building set high and built into the hillside. It is breathtakingly beautiful. We took a shuttle bus to the track up to the monastery. There is a steep, slippery pathway which sometimes involves clambering over large tree roots and uneven parts. There are a large number of steps in various places and I would rate... More

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Thessaloniki
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Breathtaking views, nice frescoes, long and rich history of this monastery make its visit a sensational experience. A "must" for every visitor of the Trabzon area.

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