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Turkey plans bird's-eye view of Sumela Monastery

New cable car project in the works for historic monastic complex near Black Sea

Meltem Yilmaz Karakurum   | 20.02.2020
Turkey plans bird's-eye view of Sumela Monastery

TRABZON, Turkey

Turkey is working on a new cable car project that will give tourists a unique way to explore the historic Sumela Monastery in the country’s northeast, an official said on Thursday. 

Visitors to tour Sumela Monastery by cable cars

Cable cars will be installed for tourists to visit Sumela Monastery which is built on a steep cliff at altitude of 1,200 meters in Turkey's Black Sea province of Trabzon. Sumela Monastery is in UNESCO's tentative list of World Heritage sites

Sumela, a monastic complex dating back to 385 A.D., is built into a rocky cliff in Altindere Valley in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Trabzon.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Trabzon Mayor Murat Zorluoglu said the historic site draws a large number of tourists every year from Turkey and abroad.

He was confident the cable car project will greatly enhance tourists’ experience. “Visitors will get a beautiful aerial view of the monastery and the trip up to the site will also be much shorter,” said Zorluoglu.

He added that there will be three stations for the 2,500-meter cable car project.

Located in the Macka district of Trabzon, the monastery is a site of historical and cultural significance and one of Turkey’s major tourist attraction. It was included in UNESCO's temporary list of World Heritage sites in 2000.

Sumela stands at a height of 1,200 meters in Altindere National Park and was reopened for religious use in August 2010, following an 88-year hiatus.

*Writing by Burak Dag

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