• DATE: 22.02.2019
Trabzon Sumela Monastery

Trabzon Sumela Monastery

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of Mother Mary, also known as the Sumela Monastery, is one of the important points of the Black Sea. Since 2015, it has been closed for restoration. Check the latest information in Trabzon; On our last visit, the locals want the suspicious work to be completed by the original 2018 re-opening date.

Once closed, you can not take monastery images, drag the car to the parking area, and always hang on top of the cliff above green forests.

Special Guided Trabzon $ 840

MS 31st century and founded Turkey after the establishment of the Republic in 1923 and abandoned population change Sumela (the name is taken from the nearby Mt Melati). When the monastery is reopened, the main church, which consists of a natural cavern and built as an extended apse, is the highest point of visit here. It is covered in and out with colored frescoes depicting everything from Mother Mary to the Final Judgment. The earliest examples are from the 9th century, but most come from the 19th century. Unfortunately, many have been intentionally and recently destroyed.

The monastery’s unique position of the cliff is also emphasized, and the building has a mysterious, sincere stance especially when the vast (mostly) under the tree enters the vortex and the search for a concealed window is dragged through the forest.

At the entrance of Altındere Valley National Park (Altındere Valley National Park) a fee of 6 euros is charged for cars. There is a shady river park with picnic tables and a restaurant about 2 km further. From here to the car park, winding, on a narrow mountain road (to challenge the car in busy times) 3 km. There is. There are waterfalls and waking points, there are excellent views of the monastery where the high cliff is hung.

The end of the park with the ongoing restorations, bringing a new perspective to the monastery from the small Aya Varvara chapel just in front of the park. An audio-visual presentation about the monastery is played in a cycle in the chapel. When the monastery is reopened, it is 300 meters from the ticket office and monastery complex, along a very rough and steep track from here, and is protected under a heavy outcrop. On your way to the main church, you will pass through a 19th century aqueduct remains, guards room, library with fireplace, kitchen, oven and vaulted dining room. Visit early or late to prevent the influx of Turkish tourists.

From Trabzon to Maçka (₺4, 29 km every 20 minutes), the minibus in Çömlekçi Caddesi goes down from the Atatürk area. After 16 kms from Maçka, a few floats are going to the river bed under Sumela (the movements are unsteady when the monastery is closed). Turning from Maçka to Sumela by taxi is around ₺60.

When the monastery is reopened, bus companies Ali Osman Ulusoy and Metro leave from Trabzon (25 return, one hour return) at 10:00 pm and leave Sumela from 13:00 to 22:00 in winter / summer. Eyce Tours in Trabzon organized organize tours.

From Trabzon, take the E97 highway south and turn left at Maçka. As it is in the district, the monastery is also the sign of the Virgin Mary.

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