1 July 2021
All areas of the Sümela Monastery were opened to visitors with the participation of Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, after 5 years of restoration work. Due to the opening of the monastery, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra gave a concert with special Black Sea tunes.
The opening ceremony was held at the Sümela Monastery, one of Turkey’s most important historical, touristic and religious tourism centers, after its 5-year restoration. Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Trabzon Governor İsmail Ustaoğlu, Metropolitan Mayor Murat Zorluoğlu and guests attended the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy stated that the restoration works started in 2016 and said, “The part that made the main work difficult, apart from the restoration, was the rock flow coming from the mountain. It is not an environment where everyone can work. A serious rock cleaning was carried out on an area of 20 thousand square meters. New chapels. “We found it, there are many points such as monk rooms, orphanages, guesthouses. There is another secret chapel, which will be activated in 1-2 weeks,” he said.
Stating that there are very important frescoes on the walls and roofs, Ersoy said, “Coloring and animation work continues on these frescoes. Our fresco animation team will always serve here. Unfortunately, due to the structure of this place, both water and condensation occur due to the rocks during the seasons.”
Stating that the opening caught up with the season, Minister Ersoy said, “I think it will be a good tourism season. It is also a matter of how vaccinations will progress both in our country and in other countries. The season started late in all countries. Therefore, we did not lose any guests. This year, too, we did not lose any guests. If there is no serious change, if the virus wave does not come, I think we will close the season with 25 million tourists and 20 billion dollars this year,” he said.
The Presidential Symphony Orchestra gave a concert with a repertoire full of special Black Sea tunes due to the opening of the Sümela Monastery. In the concert conducted by conductor Cemi’i Can Deliorman, soloists, state opera and ballet singer Mezzo soprano Zeynep Halvaşi and vocalist Resul Dindar who sang Black Sea melodies took the stage.
The Black Sea rhapsody, I love you, gelevera stream, nayino and black smoke were performed in the concert, which included the Black Sea Rhapsody written by Bujor Hoinic, as well as the main instruments of the region, kemençe and tulum.
Sümela Monastery, which was built by carving the rocks in a forest area at an altitude of 300 meters, on the skirts of Karadağ overlooking Altındere Valley in Maçka, is also known as ‘Virgin Mary’ among the people.
There are various rumors about it, and the historical monastery, whose foundation dates back to the 13th century according to scientific data, has a total of 72 rooms, apart from the service units, guesthouse, kitchen and holy spring.
Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew led the ceremony, which was held in 2010 with the participation of thousands of people in the monastery, after 88 years.
With the opening of the monastery, 10 chapels, bell tower, guesthouse, monk and student rooms, cellar and similar structures located to the right of the Main Rock Church can be visited after 5 years.