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Sumela Monastery close to Trabzon

After a stormy, rainy, cold night we drive along the coast road up to Trabzon. The sea is rough and wild.

It’s easy to find a laundromat for our laundry in the University city Trabzon. Than we leave the coast again land inward for a trip to Maçka. The snow line dropped down to 400m and the winter scenery is wonderful again.

Around the 4th century the Sumela Monastery has been founded for Virgin Mary, enlarged in the 6th and 7th century and it is now one of the most important monasteries in Antalya.
Special is that it’s built around a natural cave on a steep slope of Karadag Mountain at around 1500m. The cave church in the center of the monastery is carved into the mountain and covered with murals – the oldest ones discovered in the little hidden chapel is from out the 14th century.

Impressive and with the deep snow like a little winter wonderland!

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