Zigana Village

From the city of Erzurum, going to the Sumela Monastery, Trabzon

From the city of Erzurum, going to the Sumela Monastery, Trabzon

We dropped in at very small village of Zigana on the way to Sumela Monastery from Erzurum.

Arrived at the Zigana tunnel at 11:00. It took about 3 hours.

Arrived at the Zigana tunnel at 11:00. It took about 3 hours.

Zigana Tunnel is situated at Zigana Pass on the Pontic Mountains, and was excavated in two years. The breakthrough took place on September 2, 1977.

North entrance of the Zigana Tunnel

South entrance of the Zigana Tunnel

(Zigana Tunnel; Length 1,702 m, Tunnel clearance 8.50 m, Width 11.20 m, Number of lanes 2 x 1)

North entrance of the Zigana Tunnel

North entrance of the Zigana Tunnel

Zigana is a really small village of Torul in the Gumushane province. It has a population of 235 in 2008. Zigana is one of the unique places in Turkey, which allows grass skiing in summer for months and ski tourism in winters.

Zigana tunnel, souvenir shops, the village center and a local mosque and Hamsikoy River.

Zigana tunnel, souvenir shops, the village center and a local mosque and Hamsikoy River.

Zigana Pass on the Pontic Mountains

Zigana Pass on the Pontic Mountains

Zigana is very quiet, peaceful mountain village and stock-farming was main industry.

Zigana is very quiet, peaceful mountain village and stock-farming was main industry.

After a short rest in the Zigana village, we left for the Sumela Monastery.

Passing through small villages, had lunch in the Cosandere Restaurant, then Sumela Monastery came into view.

Passing through small villages, had lunch in the Cosandere Restaurant, then Sumela Monastery came into view.

 

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