Here are the 10 places that must be visited and seen in Trabzon, a great city with its history and nature:
- SUMELA MONASTERY
Although the date of construction of the Sümela Monastery located in the Maçka district of Trabzon is not exactly known, it is believed to have been constructed between A.D. 365 and 395. At the same night, two monks saw Jesus and the Virgin Mary in the place where the Sümela Monastery is located in their dreams and built the monastery in the place where they saw them. The Sümela Monastery is a touristic place that should certainly be seen in Trabzon with its architecture and great view.
- TRABZON CASTLE
Trabzon Castle is located on the highest hill of the city. Built in order to prevent any attacks that may come from the sea, Trabzon Castle consists of three sections including the upper fortress, the middle fortress and the lower fortress. The castle, one side of which is surrounded by the sea and one side of which is surrounded by greens, is one of the most touristic places that should be visited in Trabzon.
- HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM
King Manuel I from the Comnenus Family of the Trabzon Empire had it built as a church between 1250 and 1260. Used as a hospital and mosque in the later years, the church is today used as a museum as a result of the restoration works and is one of the most visited points of Trabzon.
- THE HIGHLANDS
Trabzon is a city that is famous for its nature as well as its history. The city is flooded with nature-lovers with its highlands, each one more beautiful than the other. Especially Lapazan Highland, Garester Highland, Haldizen Highland, Şerah Village and Şekersu Highland are a few of these.
Some of the important highlands of the city that attract a large number of tourists include Sera Lake Highland, Maçka-Mavura Highland and Maçka-Kiraz Highland.
- UZUNGOL (LONG LAKE)
Uzungöl (Long Lake) formed as a result of the transformation of the stream bed into a natural dam due to a landslide. It is a quite attracting place for tourists with its dense forests and natural beauty. It also has the chances for trekking and bicycle touring for nature-lovers.
- PERISTERA MONASTERY
The monastery was built in 752 on a rock of 250 meters. It is one of the places attracting a great deal of attention from tourists that come from Trabzon with its clean air and unique view.
- VAZELON MONASTERY
Although the date of establishment of the Vazelon Monastery is not exactly known, it is said to have been established in A.D. 270 and dedicated to John the Baptist in the Bible. Being the oldest monastery of the area, the Vazelon Monastery is one of the leading historical and touristic places of Trabzon.
- THE BEDESTEN
The Bedesten is known as the covered bazaars of the Ottoman period. Situated in the city center in Trabzon, it is one of the oldest buildings of the city. Being one of the foundations of Gülbahar Hatun, mother of Yavuz Sultan Selim, the Bedesten is the only example with a single dome among the Turkish bedestens.
If you want to overlook the endless view of the Black Sea and Trabzon from a hill, you should certainly visit Boztepe. Boztepe is a place that attracts a great deal of attention from tourists with its great sunset view and clean air.