Sumela Monastery Closed To Visitors For The Fourth Time

Sumela Monastery, located in Maçka district of Trabzon province of Turkey, was closed to visitors for the fourth time with the decision taken by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey due to security measures.

The Sumela Monastery, which was last opened to visitors on July 1, 2021, has been one of the areas where tourists are interested in despite the pandemic conditions for the summer season. But, the tourists, who did not know that the monastery was closed to visitors as of November 1, 2021, had to change their plans and return.

Sumela Monastery, located at an altitude of approximately 1150 meters on a steep cliff in Altındere Valley National Park, is planned to be opened to visitors by the end of January 2022.

The History Of The Sumela Monastery

Although not certain, historians think that the Sumela Monastery was built during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Flavius Theodosius (379-395). The monastery, which was actively used by the Christians in the region during the Ottoman Empire, was abandoned after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923.

The last rite in the Sumela Monastery was held on August 15, 2021 for the Feast of Assumption. The rite, which was limited to 100 people due to the pandemic, was led by the ecumenical patriarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.

How To Go?

Sumela Monastery is approximately 37 kilometers from Trabzon city center and 17 kilometers from Maçka district center. Visitors who want to go to Sumela Monastery can reach it via Maçka Road.

For more information, you can visit the official website of the Sumela Monastery.