Turkey to open historical Sumela Monastery to one-day worship

The historical Sumela Monastery, located in the north of Turkey, will be opened for one-day worship on August 15, a Turkish official said on Thursday.

Turkey to open historical Sumela Monastery to one-day worship

The historical Sumela Monastery, located in the north of Turkey, will be opened for one-day worship on August 15, a Turkish official said on Thursday.

Recep Kizilcik, governor of the northern province of Trabzon, said that the monastery, which stands at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altindere valley, is an important tourist attraction in the region.

"It is considered a site of pilgrimage to Orthodox people," Kizilcik said.

"Every year, thousands of tourists, especially from Georgia, Greece and Russia, visit the monastery. And we will open it for a one-day worship on August 15 under an official order from Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry," he said.

Greek Orthodox monastery

This Greek Orthodox monastery was constructed within a cavern in the middle of a steep slope above dense forests, and lies 45 kilometers south of Trabzon. It was the most important of many monasteries built in the region during the Byzantine era and the best preserved, even after it was abandoned in 1923 when the Republic of Turkey was founded. Several years later, one of the monks discovered treasures - including the famous icon said to have been painted by St. Luke. Recent restorations have enhanced the quality of the different chapels, some of which contain frescoes dating back to the 9th century.

Its setting is within Altindere national park, with thick forests, streams and trout farms, making it a popular excursion especially for locals at weekends.


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