Sümela Monastery, Trabzon, TR
The Sümela Monastery (Turkish: Sümela Manastırı), at Melá mountain is a Greek Orthodox monastery, standing at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altındere valley, in the region of Maçka in the Trabzon Province of modern Turkey. At an altitude of about 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), it is a major tourist attraction of Altındere National Park.
The principal elements of the Monastery complex are the Rock Church, several chapels, kitchens, student rooms, a guesthouse, a library, and a sacred spring revered by Orthodox Greeks.
The large aqueduct at the entrance, which supplied water to the Monastery, is constructed against the side of the cliff. The aqueduct has many arches which have mostly been restored. The entrance to the Monastery leads up a long and narrow stairway. There is a guard-room next to the entrance. The stairs lead down from there to the inner courtyard. On the left, in front of a cave, there are several monastery buildings. The cave, which was converted into a church, constitutes the centre of the monastery. The library is to the right.
The large building with a balcony on the front part of the cliff was used for the monks' cells and for housing guests. It dates from 1840.
The influence of Turkish art can be observed in the design of the cupboards, niches and fire-place in the rooms of the buildings surrounding the courtyard.
The inner and outer walls of the Rock Church and the walls of the adjacent chapel are decorated with frescoes. Frescoes dating from the era of Alexios III of Trebizond line the inner wall of the Rock Church facing the courtyard. The frescoes of the chapel which were painted on three levels in three different periods are dated to the beginning of the 18th century. The frescoes of the bottom band are of superior quality.
The frescoes of the Sümela Monastery are seriously damaged, having largely been moved from their original settings. The main subject of the frescoes are biblical scenes telling the story of Christ and the Virgin Mary.
A "must see" spot, as u r in Trabzon to visit ... :)
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Surmene and Camburnu(Cape Pine)
Surmene is an eastern district of Trabzon. And a visit over there will make you satisfied. Knife and boat production are among famous activities in the district.
Camburnu(Cape Pine) is well known by locals. Pines, rocks and sea becomes a wonderful mixture in that coast. Water is very clear and invites you to swim in hot summer days.
Transportation can be provided by dolmuses(minibuses).
- Road Trip
Meadows of Trabzon
Like any black sea city Trabzon also is very famous with his meadows and planes in the near mountains which follow the coast paralelly.Uzungöl meadows is just one of them .
By the way "yayla " means meadows ...
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The village houses and the villages are worth to a visit.They are in mountain and full of green.
DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT *Visiting...
DON'T LEAVE WITHOUT *Visiting Trabzon castle, which lies from sea
to the hills and best protected structure of the region,
*Visiting Atatürk palace, which is a gift of Trabzon residents to Atatürk and constructed with 19th century civil architecture sample at soðuksu region, 7 km. south west of the city,
*Seeing the place, known as Fatih or Irena Tower and used as Arsenal,
*Plateau festivals, which start on the first Sunday of May, and continue till to the end of August, are the symbols of Trabzon. If you come during the dates of the Festival, without participating to the festival,
*If you come to Trabzon during winter, without seeing Sümela Monastery,
Eeating stuffed savoy cabbage, kayana, in the restaurants on the road route after Sümela Monastery visit, and Hamsiköy Rice Pudding in Hamsiköy,
Tasting trout with butter and all Black Sea unique meals.
*Don't return ...
Horon is the name of local folkloric danse .If you have any chance to enjoy this event please dont miss it .It's really something...)))
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