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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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Ankara, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The monastery is indeed located in a dramatic and wonderful place. Looking at it from afar makes a great impression. The frescoes that remain are lovely but the scars on them are a sad reminiscence of the greek presence and the war between religions as well as stupidity and bad preservation. The price of 15 TL I thought was too... More

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Uk
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

It takes about 45 minutes to get to the monastery which is nestled in a national park.it then takes another 10 minutes by shuttle bus if you go via a normal coach if driving by car you can pretty much get right near to it , but be aware roads are winding and it is such a popular attraction doubtful... More

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Altoona, Kansas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Sumela Monastery was a joy to see. It's in a national park near Trabzon, high up on the cliffs. It's a little hike up there but lovely all the way as you go along the winding path through the forest. A lot of the path was paved. The monastery was founded in 386 AD by two Greek monks. It has... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The most superb location. The weather was rainy but the trekking was the fabulous experience. Very crowded After 12pm. take an hour to park your vehicle which is frustrating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very nice place to see and the view is great weather was also awesome (18 c) . Not suitable for children under 4 or elderly people

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Bali, Indonesia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This monastery has to be on the 1st list for anyone who travels to Trabzon. It's incredible how the people long a go builded it above the Rocky hills. The monastery consist of a church which is still remain in a good condition with super fabulous wall and ceiling ( just all over ) painting about Jesus, outdoor painting on... More

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Amman, Jordan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Follow the winding road up a beautiful valley - complete with pretty gurgling stream all along the way - and you end up at this breathtaking monastery. If you go slowly you get several opportunities to stop and take photos along the way - then spend time wandering around the monastery and viewing the frescoes. There is also a lovely... More

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