Sümela Monastery Cable Car Project is Under Tender

The cable car project of the Sumela monastery is at the tender stage
The cable car project of the Sumela monastery is at the tender stage

Sumela Monastery in the construction of Turkey's major historical and tourist attractions of the planned cable car project was prepared. The 2-kilometer-long ropeway line, which is planned to be completed in 150 years, will cost 2,5 million TL, and will be operated with a build-operate-transfer model. The cable car line, which will have wagons for 40 people, will consist of 2 stations.

Sumela Monastery visitors to facilitate the transport and found that the valley from the top saw the opportunity of reaching President Zorluoğl explaining that in order to deliver complete, the cable car project to build Turkey's most important tourism centers, "the two prepared to be with stops cable cars Our project is completed. The first leg starts from inside the valley and reaches a point far away from Sümela but higher. The second leg carries you to a point close to Sümela, so it is a two-stop cable car system. At the first stop, there will be an area where you can easily spend 3-4 hours, such as scenery, viewing terraces, walking paths, restaurants, which offer completely different beauties. You can get on the cable car again and from there it takes you off at a very close point to the Sumela Monastery, which we call the second leg, and from there you go to Sumela ”.

About Sümela Monastery

Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery and church complex located on the western slopes of the Virgin Mary Stream, located within the borders of the Altındere valley in the Maçka district of Trabzon, on the Kara hill and at an altitude of 1.150 m above sea level.

It is believed that the church was built between 365-395 AD. It was built in the style of Cappadocian churches, which are common in Anatolia; there is even a similar cave church at Maşatlık in Trabzon. Not much is known about the millennium between the first establishment of the church and its transformation into a monastery. According to a legend told between the Black Sea Greeks, Barnabas from Athens and two monks named Sophronios had the same dream; In their dreams, they saw the place of Sumela as the place where the icon of Mary holding the baby Jesus in her arms, from three Panagia icons made by one of Jesus' students, St. Luka. Upon this, they came to Trabzon by sea, unaware of each other, told the dreams they had met there and laid the foundation of the first church. In addition to this, Trabzon Emperor III. It is believed that Alexios (1349-1390) was the true founder of the monastery.

In the defense of the city, which was exposed to Turkmen raids in the 14th century, there was no change in the status of the monastery, which took the role of an outpost, after the Ottoman conquest. It is known that Yavuz Sultan Selim gave two big candlesticks as gifts during his princely in Trabzon. Fatih Sultan Mehmed, II. Murat, I. Selim, II. Selim, III. Murad, İbrahim, IV. Mehmed, II. Solomon and III. Ahmed also has edicts about the monastery. Concessions provided to the monastery during the Ottoman period created an area surrounded by Christian and hidden Christian villages, especially in Maçka and northern Gümüşhane, during the Islamization of Trabzon and Gümüşhane region.

It was the headquarters of the Greek militia who wanted to establish an independent Pontus state like the other monasteries around Maçka during the Russian occupation that lasted from April 18, 1916 to February 24, 1918. He was left to his fate.

Greeks from the Black Sea, who migrated to Greece by exchange, built a new church called Vümela in the city of Veria. Every year in August, they organize festivities with wide participation around the new monastery, just like they did in Trabzon Sümela in the past.

With the permission of the government in the Republic of Turkey in 2010. Christians, the Virgin Mary, who is considered as the day of Ascension and the sacred 15th of August after 88 years together for the first liturgy organized, led liturgy Istanbul Orthodox Patriarchate Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

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