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Sumela Monastery

Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Trabzon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Ancient ruins, Churches & cathedrals, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Type: Historic sites, Ancient ruins, Churches & cathedrals, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's just like cartoons. Lol a place in the mountain you can't imagine how they built it.. and you can enjoy the mountain view and eat some ice.cream from the shop there..

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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This place is absolutely amazing. The city of Trabzon itself isn't so spectacular, but this place is. Perched high on a cliff in the mountains south of the city, it's got fantastic views and a rich history. All the more fun driving up the side of the mountain on a one lane unprotected road in the snow. My only sadness... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Amazing from a distance, even better close too. The monastery can be reached either by a 1.2 km hike from the car park or by dolmus which takes you to within 300 metres. Both are pretty tough going for the infirm. The monastery is well preserved and has beautiful frescoes which have withstood centuries of snow, wind, rain and scorching... More 

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Glyfada, Greece
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131 reviews 131 reviews
16 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The The view is breathtaking; the main church build in a cave is full of fresco of great value. You can visit only a fraction of the monastery. Too bad toy cannot visit the baptism hall with the icon of Virgin Mary also you cannot climb to the bell tower,

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It is quite the hike, even though the van lets you off about 300 meters away. Lots of thick roots covering the path as well as rocks. Beautiful icon type murals painted throughout the buildings. Magnificent scenery, glad I had a good coat. Truly a highlight of things I've seen.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

very beautiful place, you have to walk upstairs for a while to reach it. there is a lot of paintings on the wall even the roof.

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Michigan City, Indiana
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221 reviews 221 reviews
141 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It's quite a walk, but wow it's a great view! Full of wonderful history. You must go if you are here!

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The climb was a little too steep for my legs...got to be fit to get to the top, once you ge there, you will be amazed! How fit were those ancient monks?

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Lodz, Poland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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