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This place is temporarily closed due to restoration works ongoing since 2015. It will reopen in August 2018.
Trabzon, Turkey
+90 464 250 03 33
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All reviews day trip national park stunning location closed due parking area ticket office cliff face amazing sight steep steps under construction winding road worth the trip amazing place taking pictures souvenir shops closed for renovations sumela
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monastery was still closed for renovations but just the sight from above on the path was amazing, and it reminded me of Mesa Verde cliff dwelling in Colorado the way it was tucked under a cliff. You can get close to it by walking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank COGR
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The monastery is closed for visitors due to renovations but you can see it from the hillside Not much to see from far away, hope to visit next time when open

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KRENAWI1987
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately the time I went restoration was taking place. The view tho of the place was sublime, really super lovely. If it's open would be well worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Muhammed777
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

Although the monastry is closed to the general public it is still worth visiting. An amazing sight to see a monastry attached to a cliff face. You can visit the chapel for even more amazing views.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Johnadh
Reviewed October 1, 2018

It's impossible to reach the monastery due to restoration works, but none tell you in advance, so the place it is always packed with tourists and cars. If it is foggy and rainy (as was when we were there) you cannot see the monastery at...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Andrea M
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

I went there on winter 2014 before they closed it for restoration. The place is amazing, even you had to climb thousands stairs to reach the top but the view is breathtaking. Unfortunately most of the pictures on the wall has been broken some of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Nerangel S
Reviewed September 27, 2018

A peculiar place with old monastery with fairly preserved drawings on the walls and excellent views from the top of the mountain

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ashraf S
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Went there on September the 10th 2018. I've been told by two staff there that it will reopen on May 2019. But even the road views worth going there. Very beautiful place.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Kamal S
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We went all the way there to see the monastery, and it turned out it was closed for renovation. It looks majestic from afar, but alas, I might not get another chance to actually see it.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ayaa1977
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

The monastery was closed for construction. But it looked nice from outside and worth the ride even if you can’t go inside. It’s a beautiful peaceful place and the ride is not bad.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Yee Yong S
December 15, 2016|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Hi, i live in trabzon for half the year i recommend waiting until the restoration is finished to see it in all its glory. If you are going to trabzon you must see lake uzungol it is gorgeous! Also Rize is gorgeous and very... More
Pavlina C
November 20, 2016|
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Response from Emad B | Reviewed this property |
it supposed to be opened by September as what they announced here sumela . com you can also contact them on that link to ask them directly
Natiia D
September 24, 2016|
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Response from Rahaf1998 | Reviewed this property |
unfortunately, sumela monastery is closed until next summer. but you can visit 'Altındere Vadisi Milli Parkı' which is on the way to sumela. it's a really beautiful, natural and quiet place it totally worth visiting.
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Baku, Azerbaijan
7 hours from Trabzon airport to Sumela ??? (2 Replies)
Hello. I will have 7 hours in Trabzon then will fly to Istanbul. so I'm wondering to know is it possible to go to Sumela monastery and then come back to Trabzon airport within 7 hours?? If yes what is the quickest option? Any idea about transportation? Thanks in advance
November 19, 2014|
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We have recently returned from a trip to Eastern Turkey with Cultural Folk Tours led by the owner, Bora Ozkok.. We traveled to western Turkey with this company 11 years ago with one of their freelance guides and it was a very positive experience. To say that this trip was a disappointment is an understatement. Bora has been running these trips for more than 30 years and after all these years he seemed bored and uninterested. He seemed annoyed when we asked questions about history, culture and...More
November 04, 2011|
Response fromBruce H|
Thank you, Xenoguy, for posting this detailed commentary on your tour. With the level of detail that you've provided regarding the problems that you had, it is clear that there were serious, credible issues, and that this is NOT just a 'sour grapes' negative review. I had started to look at this guy's tours of Turkey because he advertises in Smithsonian Magazine, but now I certainly will not consider Bora Ozkok any further.
Jakarta, Indonesia
Sumela_view from distance is it possible? (5 Replies)
Hi all Just read that Sumela Monastery is now closing for restoration work fo r1 year starting 22 September 2015, which I am so disappointed to find out this. I have already arranged my itinerary to visit Sumela and the main reason i booked flight to Trabzon was because Sumela. But life goes on... :) Ok, anyone knows here or can suggest if i can still seeing Sumela, follow the trekking route until the entrance of Altindere Valley National Park just to see it from the distance, is it...More
October 10, 2015|
Response fromchristinefromkos|
We are also on our way to transform and would like an answer to this,question