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Sumela monastery, Turkey

From series “The Most Remote Monasteries and Temples in the World”
Year: 4 century. Height: 1200 meters above sea level.

Turkey or more exactly Atindere valley can boast one of the oldest temples in the world, Sumela Monastery. Unique in all respects, this monastery was carved in the slope of the Black Mountain at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level. According to the legend, monks from Athens called Barnabas and Sophronius were founders of this Christian monastery. They have found an icon of the Virgin Mary in one of the local caves and in 386AD the monastery was founded on that site. The hard-to-get monastery looks fascinating; it seems that it was literally built in the rock.

Sumela monastery, Turkey Once, the monastery was a four-storey complex with 72 cells. In the early 20th century, it was severely damaged by fire. Restoring is going there now. The temple is about 15 kilometers away from the nearest Macka village. The road runs wild in dense forests. At the foot of the mountain originates a narrow and steep trail, which has been laid to the holy places by thousands of pilgrims hundreds of years ago.

The path isn’t equipped at all and is incredibly complex, so an average rise from the foot of the mountain to the monastery takes 30 minutes. Many travelers prefer to save power before the rise and overcome the way from the village to the foot of the mountain by car, while the most patient and determined prefer walking all the way and enjoying beauty of these places in full. Next - Hanging Heng mountain temple

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Vakıfbank-tanjant Şubesi' located in 34 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Nehir Oto Kiralama' is located in 35 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Petrol Ofisi' in 14 km
Supermarket: 'Ardasa Pestil Köme' in 0.76 km
Parking: 'Otopark' in 29 km
Apotheek: 'Ebru Eczanesi' in 29 km
Police station: 'Maçka Polis Merkezi Amirliği' in 14 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Trabzon Airport TZX - in 36 km
 »  Erzurum Airport ERZ - in 151 km
 »  Batumi Airport BUS - in 192 km
 »  Sivas Airport VAS - in 252 km
 »  Erhac Airport MLX - in 283 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Sumela monastery

Kayalar Pansiyon

Located in 4 km from Sumela monastery
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Rooms: 24
The rooms at Pansiyon Kayalar come with wooden interiors. They all feature a private bathroom with a bath tub. Some spacious rooms offer a fireplace. … More: photo, rates and booking
Cosandere Hotel

Located in 9 km from Sumela monastery
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Rooms: 41
The eco-friendly Hotel Cosandere provides soundproofed accommodation with mountain and river views and free Wi-Fi. Units feature a TV, telephone, … More: photo, rates and booking
Camlik Apart Hotel

Located in 11 km from Sumela monastery
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Rooms: 3
The apartments at Apart Hotel Camlik come with a seating and a dining area. The fully-equipped kitchenette offers a stove, fridge, an oven and … More: photo, rates and booking
Ipekyolu Park Hotel

Located in 14 km from Sumela monastery
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Rooms: 64
All the rooms at Ipekyolu have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a minibar. There is a balcony, safety deposit box and a … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Sumela monastery - Trabzon

The most visited architecture place of interest is Palace of Ataturk, which was founded in the early 20th century. Today the palace has been transformed into a museum, which exhibits collections of furniture, paintings and other interior items that strike visitors by their luxury. The palace is located in the heart of a picturesque pine tree grove. This is one of the most beautiful places of the city.

The oldest building is of this place is Castle of Trabzon. The castle is in great state, so even nowadays visitors have an opportunity to walk in long corridors of the castle and feel the power of this grandiose medieval building. Arsenal Tower is, without a doubt, another remarkable monument of antiquity. Several centuries ago this was a beloved place for recreation and meetings of aristocrats. Here have been organized large parties and celebrations.
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