Sumela Monastery

Sumela Monastery is 300 meters above the valley. It has been considered that the name "Sumela" comes from the word "melas," which means "black," and is considered to point out the depiction of black Mary here or the rock color, on which the monastery was built on. According to rumors, the monastery was founded by two monks, Barnabas and Sophranios, and repaired by Belisarios. Today, it is one of the most visited destinations on the Black Sea coasts of Turkey.