The Sumela Monastery stands at the foot of a steep cliff in Trabzon Province, Turkey. It lies at an altitude of about 1200 metres overlooking much of the alpine scenery below. This monastery resembles an eagle's nest which has been half hewn into the steep cliff face above a pine forest at the foot of the Zigana Mountains. Apart from its narrow entrance there is no other possible access to this place. According to local tradition the monastery was founded in the year 386 (during the reign of the Emperor Theodosius I (AD 375 - 395)) by two Athenian priests - Barnabas and Sophronius. Legend states that they found an icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain and decided to remain in order to establish the monastery. It was abandoned in 1923, following the population exchanges between Greece and Turkey after the Treaty of Lausanne. A new Sumela monastery was founded in northern Greece which functions to this day. (composed from Wikipedia and personnal memories)
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jorgereverter (1808) 2006-05-26 7:05
Good picture and great explanation. Thanks for sharing.
Propofol (1786) 2006-05-26 9:12
Wow - what an amazing place! A lovely presentation of it too. Thanks for the helpful note! TFS
tabora (0) 2006-05-28 16:13
Pas pratique pour faire les courses l'endroit,tu fais une retraite ?
Jolie vue plongée,il ne doit pas faire chaud la haut.
evanrizo (456) 2006-10-21 14:24
A really great POV.
Don_Gusti (0) 2006-10-21 14:38
Marhaba Jean Loup,
WoOw :O Amazing Picture... really beautiful & i wish i could go there someday, i really want to know if we could go inside it this place & from where did you took this shot? Bravo & thanks for sharing I Really mean it this time ;)
fserajian (2293) 2007-06-08 18:13
Lovely shot, very informative notes.
NorfolkGirl (170) 2009-09-11 7:10
Knowing where this monastry is and how it is built into the rock face, this is a great photo. You have captured a moment which incorporates mood and mystery.
- Copyright: JeanLoup Castaigne (jloup) (622)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-01
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D70, 18/70 DX Nikkor, JPEG 400 ISO, 55mm Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: East Turkey
- Theme(s): budowle [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-26 6:00
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