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Review of Sumela Monastery

Sumela Monastery
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Highlights of Trabzon Tour with Private Guide
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Trabzon
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Owner description: This place is temporarily closed due to restoration works ongoing since 2015. It will reopen in August 2018.
Reviewed April 25, 2014

when we get to near that,we afraid of road and height and stop to ask of other people,
this place is very beautiful and near clouds in sky,
we visit old building and enjoyed it very much.

1  Thank ramin0
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

This was a second visit after fifteen years.
Now the ancient monastery has been protected efficiently and several restoration works done and seems still in remote parts under way.
This monument now has escape the destruction,due to the extreme beauty of its natural setting and its obvious touristic importance.The place is indeed unique ,MAJESTIC,the photos can not give the real fantastic image of the place.Try to go early or late to avoid the noisy crowds to feel the serenity of the place.
As art monument,the frescos are second category 18th century paintings,badly damaged during the years of neglect ( from 1924 to the late 70s) and is a miracle that the whole structure has not collapsed,as the other two important ancient monasteries of the area.
The rest of the monument has so suffered that restoration could just keep the external shape,as everything has been plundered or transferred to Greece,after a special 1930 agreement that permitted evacuation of the most important treasures of this monastery ( Imperial Cross,Holy Icons etc) ,hidden in 1923 somewhere close to the monastery ...,near the badly damage church ,outside the compound and near the parking place.
But the beauty of the place remains intact and it is the FIRST MUST SEE in Trabzon area.
15 Liras now entry,plus 10 for the car,but Definetely worth.

6  Thank PLSPG
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

It is a beautiful monastery perched high on a mountain with several outbuildings including a chapel covered with colourful frescoes.
Make sure you walk down the path leading from the monastery for a spectacular view of it.

3  Thank Jill M
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a place not to miss! The easy hike is short and improved we were told. There was no danger on the hike although there are some roots. However, it is definitely a place to go! It is both unique and beautiful.

1  Thank PhotographVagabond
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We visited as part of a tour.

Our large tour bus followed the winding road up along the valley, with rocky promontories, gushing streams and waterfalls, to a tourist centre, with typical shops and cafés. There we changed to a small shuttle bus, which took us, with a stop for a panoramic view to photo, to the foot of the pedestrian way to the monastery.

First of all, the monastery is a "must" to see. Highly interesting group of buildings fitted into the side of the mountain, with a staggering array of wall paintings. Apart from the church built into a cave, there are many different buildings which formed the basis of life of the monastery, bakery, priest's room, student room, many with staggering views of the wooded valley.

Getting there from the bus: there is a rocky path with steps, tree roots to navigate, which you have to pass over, to reach the ticket office for the monastery. In wet weather, this could be very slippery to negotiate. Good shoes are necessary. However, a number of people with sticks and mobility problems made it perfectly well and we found it an enjoyable walk with wonderful views.

Having reached the ticket office, there is a flight of steps to the entrance of the monastery, from which you have a great view of main monastery buildings, but then walk down another flight of steps to the various buildings: but it is all well worth the effort.

2  Thank AlbertSolihull
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