Sumela Monastery

Situated in a very beautiful and natural setting on the slopes of the Zigana Mountains, Sumela Monastery built in the 14th century is nestled into the side of rocks in a famous valley in Maçka district. The setting is 1200 meters above the sea level.

Sumela Monastery on Melá Mountain

Sumela Monastery on Melá Mountain

From here walking to the close of the monastery along this narrow road.

From here walking to the close of the monastery along this narrow road.

You should read this explanation board than my explanation.

You should read this explanation board than my explanation.

Walking up the stone stairs, you have to pay the admission here.

Walking up the stone stairs, you have to pay the admission here.

Walking up the steep stone steps to enter to the monastery.

Walking up the steep stone steps to the small gate to enter the monastery.

Passing through the small door, there is a down stone stairway.

Passing through the small door, there is a down stone stairway.

The Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in the Maçka district of Trabzon Province.

And we arrived in a small square.

And we arrived in a small square.

The principal elements of the Monastery complex are the Rock Church, several chapels, kitchens, student rooms, a guesthouse, a library, and a sacred spring revered by Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Rock Church of Sumela Monastery

Rock Church of Sumela Monastery

Interior of the Rock Church

Interior of the Rock Church

Fresco on the ceiling of the church.

Fresco on the ceiling of the church.

Left the rock church we went up the stone stairs on the left side. View from the upper floor.

Left the rock church we went up the stone stairs on the left side. View from the upper floor.

Rocky mountain above the head. The view from an old window. The monastery clinging to the rocks.

Rocky mountain above the head. The view from an old window. The monastery clinging to the rocks.

It's time to leave the monastery.

It’s time to leave the monastery.

Found some wild flowers at the foot of the mountain and dedicated the beautiful flowers to Our Ready.

Found some wild flowers at the foot of the mountain and dedicated the beautiful flowers to Our Ready.

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