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Sumela Monastery

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Address: Altindere National Park, Trabzon, Turkey
Phone Number: 4642500333
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Must See place near Trabzon

Sumela monastery is Must See place near Trabzon. It is around 1 hour drive from city. This is old monastery in rocks. It is accessible by stairs (takes around 30-40 minutes - not... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sumela monastery is Must See place near Trabzon. It is around 1 hour drive from city. This is old monastery in rocks. It is accessible by stairs (takes around 30-40 minutes - not easy to go up :) - but its kind of exercise) - or you can take minivan (for little extra charge).

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The way to Sumela Monastery is very difficult and dangerous and it is no suitable for old people and kids, it is totally not recommendable

Thank AliJehani
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We used Zagnos Tours and they told us immediately that the church was closed but we wanted to go to the area. In was mid November and when we arrived it started snowing. The mini bus stopped several times for us to get out and take photographs, then we walked up to the Monastery as easy 300 metres. The tour... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a minivan or bus from Trabzon for 30TL per person, total of 120TL. Driver took some additional passengers on the way but dropped them off before going up the mountain. Driver stopped a couple of picture stops, one next to fall and another with view of monastery which was very nice. He gave us 2 hours to meet down... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the monastery during mid-spring season which was relatively cold and wet, but still a lot of tourists. The place is maintained well with remaining and clean monastery area to explore. It would require some walk to reach the site but not that difficult although people with regular exercise will be doing it easily. It might be good that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get your breath and climb and you will be rewarded with the most stunning views and spiritual atmosphere of the Monastery. There are small huts at the foot of the mountains, where you can stay overnight and enjoy the view again from aside in the morning.

Thank Sona A
Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK, so the monastery is not terrible but the fact that it has been closed since May 2015 for restoration works has been kept very quiet so that the retail stalls at the entry and the restaurant down below won't die in the interim certainly is. Indeed, if you check on the web you'll see that it's allegedly open but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Unfortunately the monastery is presently closed to the public for renovation, but it is still worth visiting. We visited on a beautiful Autumn morning and the views were amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This monastery's construction began in AD 385. This 72 room monastery overlooks a valley and is dedicated to the Virgin. The story of Christianity can be read with the frescoes, that have been heavily grafittied or destroyed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is a fantastic site and the walk up is beautiful as well. This area of Turkey is rather off the beaten path for most western tourists, but the mountains and lakes are world class.

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