Trabzon: Sumela Monastery
Check out this magnificent video of one of Turkey's most famous monasteries, compliments of contributor and drone pilot enghasanali. Sumela is a Greek Orthodox monastery built into a mountain in Trabzon, one of the provinces of Turkey's Black Sea region. Its "host" Melá Mountain is part of the Pontic range which runs parallel to the coastline. The original structure dates to the 4th century AD, and it took its present form in the 13th century. It's associated with a famous icon of the Virgin Mary.