The historic monastery of Panagia Sumela in Trabzon in Pontus region opens tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28, after five years of restoration work, in the presence of Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. At the same time, the Hagia Sophia in Trabzon, which was also converted into a mosque seven years ago, will reopen to visitors tomorrow after two years of restoration work.
Also, the Turkish Minister of Culture will inaugurate both historic buildings while a total of 12 sections in Panagia Sumela will be opened to the public. It is recalled that only a part of Panagia Sumela was opened last May, as not all the rocks had been cleaned and supported with a special wire mesh – an area of 16,000 sq.m. – that “threatened” the historic monastery. The historic monastery of Panagia Sumela and the Hagia Sophia in Trabzon are among the most visited monuments in Pontus.