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Sümela Monastery in Turkey

Close-up of Sümela monastery from across the valley
The Sümela Monastery (TurkishSümela Manastırı), GreekΜονή Παναγίας Σουμελά, i.e. monastery of the Panaghia (“All Holy”, the Greek name for the Virgin Mary) at Melá mountain is a Greek Orthodox monastery, standing at the foot of a steep cliff facing the Altındere valley, in the region of Maçka in the Trabzon Province of modern Turkey. At an altitude of about 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), it is a major tourist attraction of Altındere National Park.

The monastery is on a ledge in a steep cliff
Sümela Monastery as illustrated in a postcard addressed in 1903

The “backyard” of the monastery today

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