Monasterio de Sumela, Maçka, Trabzon, Turkey 

It is thought that the seclusion corner on the hill was founded by two monks named Barnabas and Sophronios from Athens during the time of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I. (375-395). Sümela continued to function as a monastery until 1923.

The building mainly consists of a main rock church, a few chapels, a kitchen, student rooms, a guest house, a library and sacred hunger. This community of buildings spreads over a very large area. At the entrance of the monastery, the large water belt, apparently brought by water, is hunched over. Many of these arches have been destroyed today. Cabinets, cells, and the effects of Turkish art are seen in the courtyards around the courtyard.

The frescoes that house the inner and outer walls of the rock church and the chapel adjacent to it, dating to the main unit of the monastery, are dated to the beginning of the 18th century. In these frescoes three layers made in three separate cycles can be seen.

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