Sumela Monastery Tour

Embark on a daily Sumela Monastery tour from Trabzon, exploring Turkey’s rich history and stunning landscapes. From 10 am to 2 pm, discover iconic landmarks including Maçka Merkez, Asmalı Köprü, and Karadağ Şelalesi, with a special focus on the iconic Sumela Monastery. Enjoy hotel pickup, insightful commentary, and unforgettable views on this immersive journey. Book today for a cultural deep dive into Turkish heritage.

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    Sumela Monastery Tour

    Experience a fascinating journey through history with our daily Sumela Monastery tour from Trabzon. From iconic landmarks to the enchanting Sumela Monastery itself, we ensure a comprehensive understanding of this historical marvel. Enjoy comfortable hotel pickup, expert commentary, and breathtaking views on this immersive cultural tour. Book today to delve into the vibrant tapestry of Turkey’s past.


    Group Tour

    Adult/Child29.99 USD (Lunch is not Included)

    Private Van

    159.99 USD – (Van 1-7 persons)

    219.99 USD – (Sprinter 1-15 persons)

    Diesel and Hotel Transportation Included

    Sumela Monastery Tour from Trabzon

    A Historic Journey into Turkey’s Past

    Step back in time on our daily Sumela Monastery tour from Trabzon. This historic journey offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultural heritage of Turkey. Operating from 10 am to 2 pm, the tour seamlessly combines captivating history, stunning natural landscapes, and fascinating local insights.

    Starting your day from Trabzon City Centre, we offer a convenient pick-up from your hotel, ensuring a stress-free start to your adventure. From the comfort of our transportation, you’ll witness the scenic vistas that characterize this beautiful region.

    Our first stops include the dynamic Maçka Merkez and the architecturally intriguing Asmalı Köprü. We then proceed to the breathtaking Karadağ Şelalesi, a mesmerizing waterfall embodying the untouched beauty of the region.

    Our tour’s centerpiece is the historic Sumela Monastery, a place of profound cultural and religious significance. Delving into the history of Sumela Monastery, we learn that it was built in the 4th century, clinging to the steep cliff at an altitude of about 1,200 metres overlooking the Altındere valley. It is renowned for its frescoes which adorn the walls, encapsulating various biblical scenes.

    The monastery’s entrance fee is a modest 100 Turkish Lira, a small price for the invaluable journey through history that awaits within its hallowed walls. Inside Sumela Monastery, your senses will be treated to a rich tapestry of ancient frescoes, intricate carvings, and a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Often guests ask, “Is Sumela Monastery open?” Rest assured that it is part of our itinerary, and we have taken care of all the necessary arrangements for a seamless experience.

    When considering the best time to undertake this tour, it’s worth noting that Sumela Monastery is accessible throughout the year. However, the late spring and early summer months (May to July) are particularly delightful, offering pleasant weather and the valley blooming in vibrant hues.

    The tour continues with a visit to the historic Ayavarvara Kilisesi before rounding off the day at Çoşandere, a picturesque locale offering perfect reflections of your day’s explorations.

    Our Sumela Monastery tour from Trabzon provides a well-rounded exploration of this historic location and the surrounding attractions within a compact timeline. So, join us on this unique journey into the past, immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Turkish history and culture. Book your tour today and embark on a voyage you won’t forget!

    Sumela Monastery History

    Recognizing the immense historical and cultural value of the Sumela Monastery, we have thoughtfully designed this tour for you. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive understanding of this unique architectural marvel. We believe that the monastery’s charm is best appreciated when viewed in its historical context, and thus, we endeavor to weave a vivid narrative of its past during our tour. This guided exploration allows you to visit all the main spots within the Sumela Monastery and its surroundings. With us, you are not merely an observer, but a participant in the unfolding of a historical saga. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the monastery, breathe in its age-old allure, and let its past resonate with you in the present. Join us for this unforgettable journey.

    Inside the Sumela Monastery

    you’ll have the opportunity to explore various structures that have stood the test of time, each telling their own unique tale.

    Rock Church: This is the centerpiece of the monastery. The walls and ceilings of the Rock Church are adorned with biblical frescoes, displaying scenes from the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Although blackened by centuries of candle smoke and partially damaged, these ancient frescoes retain a powerful aesthetic and spiritual appeal.

    Chapels: Apart from the main church, the monastery houses several chapels. These spaces, each with its own unique architectural and decorative features, offer insights into the monastery’s liturgical history.

    Monastic Quarters: These are the living areas where the monks resided, providing a glimpse into the monastic life that once thrived within the monastery’s walls.

    Library: The library once held many valuable manuscripts and illuminations, further emphasizing the monastery’s historical and cultural significance.

    Kitchen and Dining Hall: These areas offer insights into the day-to-day functioning of the monastery. Although not in use today, they provide a sense of the communal life of the monastic community.

    Sacred Spring: Located within the complex is a sacred spring believed to have healing properties, which attracts pilgrims and visitors alike.

    Guest Rooms and Reception Halls: These areas underline the monastery’s role as a place of hospitality, reflecting its tradition of welcoming travelers and pilgrims.

    Breathtaking Views: Perhaps one of the most remarkable things you will see is the view from the monastery. Located high up on the cliffs of the Altındere Valley, the monastery offers stunning views of the surrounding forests, mountains, and streams, adding a touch of natural beauty to your historical exploration.

    All these components combined offer a comprehensive view of the Sumela Monastery, allowing you to not just witness, but also understand its historical, cultural, and spiritual importance.

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