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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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Historical, serene beauty

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Kajang, Malaysia
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Kajang, Malaysia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

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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Athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

To get to the monastery you need to go to Trabson and from the bus station you buy a ticket for a minibus to Sumela. It costs around 15-20 Turkish lira for both ways and the ride is about 50 min. Once you get there you need to pay 15 TL for ticket to the monastery. There is also a... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Go and see this beautiful Monastery. You will never regret once get there. But please Drive until you see the cafes and restaurants. Park your car, get ready and walk about 1.2 km to get there by foot. Don't forget you camera and good shoes. Best moths are from May until September. No more no less. I will not describe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Need good shoes, be prepared for a long walk or let's say hike, Also a jacket wouldn't be a bad idea since it tends to be cooler than the city with occasional showers, u can take fantastic photos though , so it's worth it I suggest u carry a bottle of water and some snacks with you

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México
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It's an amazing monastery built in the cliffs of a mountain! Amazing views to the valley and the paintings in the inside of the buildings. Amazing experience. To get there you have to take a narrow winding road through the mountain and then you have to walk a part of it. I went in late October and it was snowing,... More 

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Burringbar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Sumela Monastery is situated in a very beautiful valley and looking up to the monastery from the slight glimpses you get from the road looks very impressive. You can also get a good view to the outside of the monastery from the steps leading from / to the restaurant below. However that's about it. After you pay 15 TL each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

My first visit to Sumela was about 25 years ago. After Long claim up to that hill you couldn't believe that historical building. When I went to visit my family ,had change revisit again. This time looking more look after and facility in that area are better. Still fantastic view what a fantastic place !

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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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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