archeological museum of Trabzon
hard to find...
when you ask the local shop owners or anyone passing through the road, "where is the museum?", they will certainly show you the way... but where they show you will lead ypu to the Hagia Sophia church :)
so, it is recommended that you try to find the city museum just by looking at a city map that you can get from the tourist information office in the Meydan.
the entrance of the 3 floored museum is a house of a jewish banker who lived in Trabzon at the beginning of the 20th century. the decoration of the house may be interesting and may be considered as oriental.
the first floor is reserved for the memories of the Independence War of Turkish nation, under the command of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. our leader Ataturk had used thºs place for a while. this part may not be attractive for the foreigners but the meaning of these items in the museum is significant to the Turks.
and the basement of the city museum is used as the archeological museum. the most important and interesting items are demonstrated here. these items are originating from many civilizations varying from the chalceolitic ages to the ottomans. especially the items taken from the Sumela monastery should be seen before taking the way to the monastery.
iskender pasha mosque
one of the most important historical places in Trabzon is surely the Iskender Pasha mosque. it stands in the city center (Meydan) and next to the tourist information office.
the outer look is not so attractive but inside of the mosque is beautiful. the writings in arabic letters (HAT) are exteremely beautiful and original.
local foods must be tasted
Muhlama, Laz Boregi, Lahana Sarmasi and offcourse, any kind of the fish Hamsi should be tasted in Trabzon.
the first 3 may be ommited according to financial issues, but Hamsi is a must.
it is nor expensive in little restaurants in the "Meydan".
about an hours' distance to Trabzon, lies the Uzungol province; with its fascinating natural beauty.
it is among the most famous and beautiful places of Turkey, so if a person has arrived in Trabzon, it is a must to get to Uzungol also.
you can find further information and photos on Uzungol, in
my Uzungol pages.
on the shores of Black Sea: Ganita
10 minuets by walking from the city center, you reach the coast of the Black Sea, called "Ganita".
it is relatively a beautiful place and there is a cafe in the park.
also the statue that was taken here for the memorial of Suleiman the Magnificient may be interesting. -Suleyman was born and grown up in Trabzon, just as his father Selim.
a high hill over the city, Boztepe is a place of a great panaroma...
you can get there by busses from the Meydan, and watching the city from a bird's eye is a gerat feeling. also drinking tea from "Semavar"s in the sunset is possible.
here in this is a huge and funny writing "Trabzon" with even the same fonts as Hollywood.
by getting in a bus from the "Meydan" (the city center) you can get to Hagia Sophia. in the church -actually it is a museum and not used afor prayers today- are some fresks and paintings describing the creation of the universe, the stories of Adam and many prophets, the life of Jesus Christ in detail and finally, Heaven and Hell.
it may be really exciting and impressing to visit the museum, 'cause Trabzon is one of the first places in Anatolia and the world to be Christian; and Trabzon church was considered one of the few centers of Christianity in the early ages.
Convent of the Panaghia Theoskepastos
This was a Greek Orthodox convent up until the expulsion of the Greeks in 1923. There is little left of any frescoes, though the architecture in somewhat interesting. The Turkish government has cleaned up the site and even charges admission. Hopefully, this attention will continue to other endangered sites.
The remains of this 14th-century Armenian Orthodox Monastery are a real treasure. The monastery is within a family farmyard, and the outbuildings have all been converted to storage or other uses. The main chapel has been used as a barn until recent years. The Rough Guide indicates that the structure was now roofless and the interior frescoes days were numbered. I am happy to report that a new metal roof has been erected, and the frescoes will survive a bit longer. They are faded, but truly magnificent.
The monastery is very difficult to find--in the eastern suburb of Boztepe. Find a taxi driver at the Meydan who knows the way. There is a sign pointing off the main road, but as there are still several turn-offs past there, it is of marginal help.
Comnenian Palace (or what's left of it)
The old and much-fabled palace of the Comneni dynasty that ruled the Empire of Trebizond has been allowed to crumble into nothing, and built upon until there is really nothing left. A section of wall, and that is about all.
Church of Panaghia Chrysokephalos (Fatih Camii)
The Church of the Panaghia Chrysokephalos was the cathedral church of the Emperors of Trebizond and dates from the 13th-century. Chrysokephalos means "golden-headed," in reference to the gold-plated dome of the Comnenian dynasty. After the Muslim conquest of 1461, the frescoes (which certainly rivaled or exceeded the ones at Haghia Sophia) were covered in layers of whitewash, and the edifice turned into a mosque.
St. Anne's Church (Kucuk Ayvasil Kilisesi)
St. Anne's is the oldest surviving church in Trabzond. It was converted to a mosque after the Turkish conquest of 1461, and the frescoes were destroyed after 1923. The building remains locked, but is interesting to view from the outside.
Next to the Sumela Monastery, this is the best-known tourist attraction in Trabzond. The Haghia Sophia was built in the early 13th-century by the Emperor of Trebizond, Manuel 1 Komnenos. The frescoes here are perhaps the most exquisite found anywhere outside of the Haghia Sophia and Chora Church in Istanbul (Constantinople). If in Trabzond, do not miss the Haghia Sophia.
Magnificent setting for a monastery,alas what you get isn't so good.
Lots of reconstruction work going on so you can't get to see two thirds of the place.
Entrance the the national park is 7 Ytl per car.
From the restaurant you can either drive up by car,3km,the road isn't great.
Walk up,i've heard it said 25 minutes or take the minibus supplied but i'm not sure the cost.
Open 09.00-18.00 cost 5 Ytl.
Nice picnic spots on the road up from Macka.
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We only had time for a quick stop so chose here.
Lovely house given to Ataturk as a present and now a museum.
Open 09.00-19.00 Students 1ytl others 2.
I'm sure it had a nice view before all the pine trees were planted around it.
Nice place for a tea in the garden.
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