This 4th-century Greek Orthodox monastery clings to a cliff face 1,200 meters above the Altındere Valley National Park. With its admired Rock Church, complete with biblical frescoes inside and out, this rock-hewn historical site is like no other in the country. Visitors should be aware that the 300-meter walk to the entrance is no easy feat: A path of gnarled undergrowth leading to steps may challenge those with limited mobility. While the monastery is closed for renovations until 2017, its exterior is still impressive.
By Leeann Murphy, AFAR Local Expert
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Altındere Vadisi, 61750 Maçka/Trabzon, Turkey
+90 462 531 1064
Sun - Sat 9am - 7pm