Sümela Monastery is a historical building which takes the lead between Turkey and the Black Sea’s symbols with breathtaking view of the structure. Our traveler couple Merve and Furkan visited and wrote the Sümela Monastery, which is an indispensable part of the list of places to visit in Trabzon by taking advantage of the car rental options. Black Sea region is one of the best places to be seen in Turkey. With its green, blue, nature, people who always look at you with a smile and of course, with its accent that makes you put a slight smile on your face when talking to you … There is a geography that feels warm to people. Maybe these are the reasons why the people of the Black Sea Region are called friendly, who knows?
Indeed, every city of The Black Sea Region is a different beautiful and special. There are also unique historical structures built by many years ago into this naturalness.
You are now guessing where we are slowly coming. Yes, you got it right. Sümela Monastery, the historical structure of Trabzon, which is one of the first places to come to mind when it comes to the Black Sea, is our subject today.
Where is the Sümela Monastery?
Sümela Monastery is located in Macka district of Trabzon, one of the most beautiful provinces of the Black Sea Region. After arriving in Macka, you need to reach Altindere Village, which is 26 km east. After the village, a winding and steep road will be waiting for you. The end of the road is Soumela Monastery. The most logical travel option is to rent a car. The road is not suitable for public transportation. Do not set off without checking the offers of Yolcu360, which offers you the Trabzon Airport car rental options. By the way, it is useful to use your vehicle carefully. We wish you a good trip already.
Sümela Monastery stands so magnificently in the middle of a majestic mountain stretching towards the sky as if it will never end. People start to be impressed even when they see them from meters away, they can’t get enough of looking. The Sümela Monastery (also known as the Virgin Mary Monastery), which is famous all over the world with its legendary beauty, has been waiting for its visitors, namely you, in Trabzon for years with its aesthetic appearance, mysterious stories and rich history.
Now we have good news for you. The Sümela Monastery has been under restoration for a long time. In other words, those who came to Trabzon with the hope of seeing it had to be content with just looking from a distance. However, if you are one of those who want to make a Black Sea tour this year and you want to see the Sümela Monastery is reopening on May 25, 2019. Let’s celebrate this good news. Let us continue to tell you the history, legends and features of the Sümela Monastery.
Sümela Monastery history / Sümela Monastery
The name of the Sümela Monastery, which is thought to have been built between 365-395 AD, is the Virgin Mary Monastery in the history books. Let’s also give an interesting information here; Sümela is actually the name of Manastır in Greek. The story of being named also comes from the mountain where it was founded. The mountain’s name at that time was Mela. It is called Stou Mela, meaning ‘included in Mela’. Since it is used as sou-mela in Greek, it has come today as Sümela.
Sümela Monastery, located in the Macka district of Trabzon, is located in the Greek Orthodox Church and Monastery complex and is considered one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the world today.
Although its construction is the subject of many legends, the most well-known of these is the one about the two priests named Barnabas and Sophronios from Athens built this place. the story is as follows: Both priests dream of Jesus and Mary. They see Jesus and Mary at the place where the Sümela Monastery is. Both of them set out separately with the effect of the dream and meet each other there and talk about their dreams. Then they laid the foundation of the monastery together.
Sümela Monastery, which is thought to be completed in 395 AD and is legendary with its magnificence, had to be abandoned during the population exchange in 1923. After the exchange, religious activities in the monastery come to an end. After a while, the monastery, which was opened to the visitors of local and foreign tourists, hosts thousands of visitors every day with the effect of being a place considered sacred by Christians today.
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