Main Attractions in Trabzon
Places of interest in Trabzon are so many that you need quite some time to explore each of them.
- Constructed in the 14th century, the Sumela monastery stands on the side of a very steep mountain with thick forest below. Two 7th century Greek monks, Barnaby and Sophronios had the main building constructed, later an anonymous artist Trabizond painted it.
- The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin and the monastery complex comprised 5 floors with 72 rooms. A sizeable part of the building was carved out of the rock. The entire building is wrapped up in frescoes and wall paintings.
- Ayasofya (Saint Sophia) Museum is the most eminent structure in Trabzon. Now the 13th century Church has been converted to a museum.
- The Gulbahar Hatun Mosque is certainly the most interesting mosque in the city. Other important mosques are the 16th century mosques Hatip and Iskender Pasha.
- The historical houses in the back streets are really worth seeing. Amongst them The Kizlar Manastiri (Girls' Monastery) instantly transports you to the bygone days of the Comnenian Period in the fourteenth century. Even the Irene Tower is also a must in your itinerary.
- St. Sophia Museum's history dates back to days of King Manuel I of Kommenos in 13th century. Muslim Seljuk stone artisans built the Church and the work continued till 1670 i.e. after the Ottoman invasion when it was turned into a mosque.
- The Ataturk mansion built by a wealthy Greek Banker, Konstantinos Kappagianidis is a major tourist destination. Ataturk stayed here twice, in 1930 and 1937.
- Make a point to visit Uzungol to enjoy the rich natural bounty.