Soumela Monastery, Trabzon

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Visit the hidden gem of history and ecclesiastical art at Soumela Monastery, perched on a scenic cliff overlooking the Altindere Valley. Located inside Altindere Valley National Park at 1,200 m (3,900 ft), the Orthodox monastery dates back to the 4th century CE. The complex has been damaged and restored several times throughout its long history, but you can still admire its impressive frescoes, ornamentation, and exceptional architecture. The site is easily reachable from Trabzon via bus or taxi, or join one of the organized tours that take you there from the city. To get to the monastery itself you have to do a bit of hiking, so be sure to have appropriate footwear. PutSoumela Monastery into our Trabzon trip itinerary site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I was mainly interested in the façade of the monastery. I'm an engineer and it amazed me how it is built in heart of the mountain. Actually I saw nothing of that. To see the facade of the monastery... 
    I was mainly interested in the façade of the monastery. I'm an engineer and it amazed me how it is built in heart of the mountain. Actually I saw nothing of that. To see the facade of the monastery...  more »
  • Sumela is a monastic complex which consists of the Rock Church, several chapels, kitchens, student rooms, a guesthouse, a library and a spring revered by Eastern Orthodox Christians. It has an... 
    Sumela is a monastic complex which consists of the Rock Church, several chapels, kitchens, student rooms, a guesthouse, a library and a spring revered by Eastern Orthodox Christians. It has an...  more »
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  • Beautiful monastery, the renovations are still on but we can still see some beautiful frescoes. Today November 6th, the weather was very nice; it was showing 12°C but the feeling was 15°C. The entrance per adult 125TL, but the parking is 4km away from the monastery that you can go free by walk. But you need to pay fees for the parking and optional shuttle bus to go upstairs. Believe me....worth it! It took us 1h visit all overall.
  • A place to go, it's almost magical, first the road to go there is very good, the landscape is amazing, going upstream the river between the mountains. Once you finally arrive onsite you have to walk 350m (if you took the small bus) in a peaceful environment, berry green and very beautiful. Then you discover the monastery, it's being restored, the place is very clean and in good condition. The paintings are well preserved, except the faces as usual. If you're on the area, it's a place to go.

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