The English version of Anadolu News highlights in its article the new record of visitors set by Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon and describes the historic monastery of Pontus as a “Turkish monastery” that welcomed almost 124,000 tourists in 99 days!
However, in the Turkish version the same article in the title uses the name of Sumela.
The period to which it refers is after the reopening of the monument on July 28 until November 3, when it was closed again in order to complete the remaining 30% of the restoration work.
Panagia Sumela Monastery has been closed to the public since 2015; in May 2019 it opened up to the courtyard, while last July 65% of the project was handed over during a special ceremony in which Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke via video conference. In fact, on the 15th of August, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated, in the absence of the Ecumenical Patriarch for the first time since permission was given by the Turkish authorities.
If all goes according to plan, the monument will open, this time on January 31st. Speaking to Anadolu, Trabzon Culture and Tourism Vice-Principle Mustafa Asan reiterated that the intention is for 2022 to include Panagia Soumela in the UNESCO World Heritage List.