Trabzon Things to Do

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    Ataturk Kiosk

    by traveloturc Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    Ataturk visited 3 times this city and in his 2 nd visit he stayed at this Kiosk ( 1930) which was build by a bank owner with the name of Constantine Kabayannidis.
    The new government decide to give this house to the Founder of modern Turkey as a gift
    Now it serves as a museum.

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    Sumela (the monastery of black virgin)

    by traveloturc Written Jun 5, 2006

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    The foundation goes to the 4 th century.The surviving remains belongs to the 13 th and 14 th centuries.The balconies seen from the valley ( altindere) were build in the Ottoman era in the 19 th century

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    Aya Sophia eagles looking to the east

    by traveloturc Written Jun 5, 2006

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    This church was build during the region of King manuel I of the Kommenosin in the 13th century .The church continue to serve till 1670 AC .After the Ottoman invasion the church was served as a Mosque and as hospital during the First world war.Normally the eagle symbol of Churches is an indication that the eagle is watching both direction of east and west but in this church the eagle is looking only the east because the potential danger can come only from the east .

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    having tea

    by wellhead Written Jul 4, 2005

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    Ganita is a place where you can have tea with a wonderfull sea wiev. Here beer serving is forbidden but if you imply it with an expression that : I want yellow tea ( sari cay istiyorum.) they will serve beer in a steel glass that others will not notice.

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    Sumela Monastery

    by MalenaN Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Sumela Monastery

    About 45 km south of Trabzon the Greek Ortodox Monastery of the Virgin Mary clings to the steep mountainside, high above the forest. The climb up, which takes about 30 minutes, is steep and you should wear good shoes.
    The last monks were deported 1923 in the "exchange of population" between Turkey and Greece. There has been a monastery at this place since the 6th century. What you see today of the facade and colourful frescos dates mostly from the 18th century. During the last years the monastery has been heavily restored.
    Where the trail up to the monastery begins there is a restaurant and souvenir shops. Food at the restaurant is excellent. I had lamb shish kebab with rice, salad, bread and orange juice for 9 750 000 TL.

    During the summer Ulusoy runs buses from Trabzon once a day. The price Trabzon - Sumela - Trabzon is 10 000 000 TL.

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    Aya Sofya

    by MalenaN Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Fresco in Aya Sofya

    The church Hagia Sofia was built in the 13th century on a terrace above the Black Sea. After the Ottoman conquest 1461 it was converted to a mosque.
    The museum has some beautiful and well-preserved frescos with biblical motives.

    The entrance fee is 2 000 000 TL.

    After visiting the museum it can be nice to have a tea in the relaxing teagarden, especially if you have done a lot of walking as I did.

    There are many dolmushes going from Meydan Parki to Aya Sofya, but you can also walk if you have time. The walk is
    4 km.

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    Trabzon - the city

    by MalenaN Written Oct 14, 2004

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    There is a lot of traffic and many minibuses around Meydan Park and on Uzun Sokak and Maras Caddesi. In Meydan Park there is a teagarden and around the square there are several restaurants and kiosks where you can buy snacks.
    Going west from the square you have a lot of shops selling cloths on Uzun Sokak and on Maras Caddesi there are a lot of banks and ATMs. Futher downhill is the bazaar area.

    The otogar is a few kilometres from the city centre, but minibuses going to the otogar (or past the otogar) leaves frequently from near the Belediye (Town Hall).

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    Aya Sofya

    by maykal Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    Aya Sofya, Trabzon

    About five kilometres from Ataturk Alani, you'll find the Aya Sofya, a smaller version of its namesake in Istanbul...it is an Armenian (I think) church now turned into a museum....It is worth visiting to see the frescoes on the church walls...some of them are quite well-preserved, but if you are heading into Georgia or Armenia, then much better examples exist there. But the church/museum is worth visiting, as it is in a nice location overlooking the sea, and next door is a good cafe with a reconstructed typical house on stilts from one of the surrounding villages.

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    Sumela Monastery

    by voyageur2 Updated Sep 1, 2003

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    Sumela Monastery

    Sumela Monastery is one of the wonders of belief. It is 43 kms far from Trabzon city and close Macka district. Monastery is a big complex coming from Byzantine period. Its rich past witnessed many important changes. Trabzon was the capital of Comnenos-once held Byzantine crown. Ending of Ottoman Empire and chaotic conditions in Anatolia had negative effects to local Greeks and monks as well. So they left that sacred place. Today you may see its magnificence between the mountains, exciting frescoes-unfortunately some of them seriously damaged.

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  • Uzungol

    by kedi+ Written May 7, 2003

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    Uzungol

    Uzungol means long lake. The lake is 99 km. far from Trabzon and 19 km. from Caykara. It's on 1090 m. high, surrounded by mountains, they're all green and stunning atmosphere of Kackars..
    It's a turistic place, with campers.. There are tours around the lake of trekking, observing birds, botanic..

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  • Ayasofya Museum

    by kedi+ Written May 7, 2003

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    Ayasofya Museum

    It was constructed between 1250-1260 for King Manuel I. and for his family. In 1670 it converted to a mosque and in 1864 it was restaurated.
    During the 1st world war, it has been used as an hospital, police station, store and after the war it again being used as a mosque. In 1964 again restaurated (attending of Edinbourgh University) and it's converted to a museum..

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  • Sumela Monastry

    by kedi+ Written May 7, 2003

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    Sumela Monastry

    It's been said that the beginning of the construction is 4. century, but ruins that can be seen today are from early 13.-14. centuries.. The external part with balcony which can be seen from valley was reconstructed with Turk style of architecture in the mid 19. century..
    Restauration works are still going on..

    I've been there five times.. There's a small path to arrive the top.. After 30 min journey you arrive the top and see the beautiful valley.. While having the path Sumela shows herself suddenly.. Stunning moments..

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    Sümela Manastýrý

    by Mauzl Written Feb 25, 2003

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    47 kms southeast of Macka, the lovely park provides a fascinating setting for the 14th century Sumela Monastery of the Virgin Mary, which is perched on the rock face 270 metres above the valley, at an altitude of 1300 metres. Within the ruins of the monastery are the remains of magnificent frescoes. It is a place of exceptional natural beauty. It was initially constructed on the steep surface of rock, as a small church in the 4th century. In the 11th century it was expanded into a monastery with 72 cells. Ottoman princes, as regional governors of Trabzon, contributed to the upkeep of the monastery, providing material and moral support. The awe-inspiring and magnificent view of the monastery, with its frescoes and holy water, attract thousands of Turkish and foreign visitors every year.

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    Atatürk PalaceIt is within a...

    by jonturk Written Aug 26, 2002

    Atatürk Palace
    It is within a small pine grove at Soðuksu district, and constructed during the beginning of 20th century, and Atatürk is hosted here during his 1934 and 1937 Trabzon visits. After his death, it is decorated with the furniture used at that period by Trabzon Municipality, and opened for visit as Atatürk Museum. Our great leader, had written some parts of its will on 1937.

    Sümela Monastery
    Monastery, which is constructed within a
    cavern in the middle of a steep slope like a wall at 250 meters height in Mother Mary River valley, 17 km. south of Maçka province, which is 45 km. away from city center, is the first Christian temple of the region.
    Sümela Monastery (Religion Tours)

    Castles
    Trabzon Castle
    It is the best preserved piece of arts of the region. It reaches from sea to the hills at city center. Arsenal
    It is mentioned that the tower, which is known as Fatih Tower or Irene Tower Kulesi and has no definite information due to no inscription, is constructed by Empress Irene (1340 - 1341) as meeting place of Trabzon aristocracy.

    Mosque and Churches
    Important mosques in Trabzon, which is an important center in connection with religion tourism are Gülbaharhatun Mosque, Ýskenderpaþa Mosque, Çarþý Mosque, Büyük Ýmaret Mosque; and important churches are Haghios Eugenius Church (Yeni Cuma Mosquei), Panaghia Chrysocephalos Church (Fatih Mosquei), Santa Maria Church, Hagia Sophia Church, Santa (Dumanlý) churches.
    Religion Tourism

    Inns
    Inns within the city are, Vakýfhan, Taþhan and Alacahan. Also there is a bedesten near to Taþhan.

    Ancient Cities
    Altýndere National Park
    Altýndere National Park of Maçka province of Trabzon, is 45 km away from Trabzon city center, and hunting is forbidden but eating, accommodation, camping services are maintained. Sümela Monastery is also included by it. Boztepe
    Region, which is maintaining panoramic appearance of city of Trabzon, is used as travel and recreation area during summers. Transportation by automobile is possible and restaurant facilities are highly advanced. Çamburnu
    It is a pine grove - beach and picnic area of Sümene province on Trabzon - Rize State Highway. Sera Lake
    Sera Lake is a Crater Lake formation within Akçaabat province territory, 2 km. way from sea, 8 km away from city center, at west coast of Trabzon. It is formed as a result of a land sliding occurred on 1950. It is organized as restaurant facilities besides picnic area.

    Highlands
    Trabzon Plateaus

    National & Natural Parks
    Altýndere Valley National Park
    Uzungöl Natural Park
    Trabzon Natural Monuments

    Ornithology Areas
    Eastern Black Sea Mountains

    Caves
    Çalköy Cavern, Akarsu Village Cavern :

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    Boztepe

    by maykal Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Boztepe

    Behind Trabzon is a tall hill called Boztepe...there are the remains of two monasteries up here, although they proved to be too elusive for us to find...but the trip up here is worth it to admire the view of Trabzon while drinking tea in one of the many park-like tea gardens.

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