Trabzon, the pearl of the Black Sea, the host of natural beauties watched by the world admiringly, the highlands and historical places where the flavors that come from the heart of nature are the crown, wherever you look, is a city that everyone must go and see once in a lifetime. Despite the fact that it is seen in four seasons, Trabzon, which is at the center of attention of many domestic and foreign tourists, stands out with its magnificent breakfast tables, architecture and deep-rooted monasteries and highlands where a thousand tons of green can be seen.
Places to Visit in Trabzon
Trabzon’s Macka located within the borders of Turkey and has the distinction of being one of the oldest structures built Sumela Monastery’s history dates back to 365-395 years. Although there are more than one story about the monastery, the legend you will come across most is the following: Two priests from Athens have the same dream on the same night and in the dreams of both. Mary and Hz. They are told by Christ to build a monastery. The two priests set off unaware of each other and to the place described in their dreams; that is, they come to the area where today’s Sumela Monastery is located and meet each other. Reaching as it was first built until the 14th century and then Emperor III. It is possible that you will come across the pictures of the emperor on the walls of the Sumela Monastery, renewed by Alexios.
Hagia Sophia Museum
You do not have to pay any fee for entering the Hagia Sophia Museum, which can be visited between 08.15-18.45 in summer (April 15-October 2) and 08.15-16.45 in winter (October 3-April 14). In other words, the Hagia Sophia Church was built by King Manuel I between 1250 and 1260. Hagia Sophia Church, one of the most beautiful examples of late Byzantine architecture, means “Sacred Wisdom”. The church, which has a square-cross plan, has three porticoes and a high dome.
The dome and pulley of the Hagia Sophia Church, which welcomes visitors as a museum today, has twelve corners. At the bottom of the main dome of the Hagia Sophia Church, where the most attractive part is the south facade, there is also a floor mosaic made of colorful marble in opus-sectila style.
Trabzon Castle, one of the most symbolic structures of Trabzon, is a unique place where you can dive into the city from a bird’s eye view. The construction date of Trabzon Castle, located in the city center, dates back to the 5th century. Evliya Çelebi said, “On the mountain side, there is a deep ditch similar to hell well that seventy seven men enter. It is pure cut rock. It has mosque, conservative houses, cellars and forecasts. ” The walls of the Trabzon Castle, which he spoke with the words, are standing upright almost defiantly of the past. Offering sea and city views together, the castle consists of upper, middle and lower sections.
Boztepe, one of the most ideal spots where you can watch Trabzon from a bird’s eye view, is a candidate to be one of the unforgettable ones of your Trabzon tour with its peaceful atmosphere and cute eating and drinking places! Boztepe, which gives a different pleasure both in sunrise and sunset, is only 3 km away from Trabzon city center. You can enjoy the taste of your tea in the samovar while the sound of the harsh Black Sea waves becomes the background music for your exquisite view.
Altindere Valley National Park
Extending over a wide area of 4468 hectares, Altındere Valley National Park also includes the Sumela Monastery within its borders. You can explore the plateau path, which is approximately 2605 km long. In addition, trekking trails, camping areas, etc. Altındere Valley National Park, which also includes places, is 48 km from Trabzon city center; It is 18 km away from Maçka town center. You can easily reach Altındere Valley National Park if you take the buses or minibuses arriving from Maçka to the city center of Trabzon. Among the most popular activities that can be done in Altındere Valley National Park are picnics, trekking, photography, orienteering, rock climbing, angling and cycling.
It is believed that Vazelon Monastery, located in Maçka district of Trabzon, was built between 270-317 BC. Dedicated to the Prophet John the Baptist, the monastery’s first name in history is Zouvalo and another is Vazelonas. Vazelon Monastery, located approximately 40 km south of Trabzon city center, consists of 4 floors in total. Vazelon Monastery, which depicts everybody with its frescoes depicting Doomsday, Heaven and Hell, is 15 km away from Maçka district center.
Peristera Monastery (Kustul Monastery)
In other words, Hızır İlyas Monastery / Kuştul Monastery (Peristera Monastery) is as famous as the Vazelon Monastery and Sümela Monastery and has left a mark in history. Peristera Monastery, built towards the end of the 8th century, offers a breathtaking view above all. Peristera Monastery, which is one of the most famous stops of trekking tours, is located in Esirlioğlu town of Maçka district of Trabzon.
Girls’ Monastery (Panagia Theoskepastos)
III. The Girls Monastery, which is a historical building from the Alexios Period (1349-1390), has an excellent location on the slopes of Boztepe. Panagia Theoskepastos, also known as Panagia, has been restored many times until the 19th century and took its current form. Inside the monastery III. Portraits of Alexios’s wife Theodora and his mother Eirene.
Carrying the title of being the 2nd longest cave in the world with its length of 8 kilometers, Çal Cave is located approximately 1 hour drive from Trabzon city center.
Ataturk’s Mansion Museum
This magnificent structure built by Konstantin Kabayanitis as a summer mansion on the backs of Soguksu in the early 19th century bears the traces of the Western Renaissance architecture. The mansion, 7 km southwest of Trabzon city center, is the symbol of the city. The mansion, where Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk stayed in 1937 and took the decision to donate all his assets to the state treasury, now welcomes his visitors as Atatürk Mansion Museum.
Zağnos Valley Park
You might be surprised that there is such a wide green area right in the heart of the city, but green areas in Trabzon will appear not only in the plateaus but all over the city. Zağnos Valley Park, which is an enormous result of urban transformation studies, is located on Yavuz Sultan Selim Boulevard. There are also several eating and drinking places in and around the park. The park, whose name comes from Zağnos Pasha (Zağanos), one of the passages of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, also known as the conqueror of Trabzon, is located in Gülahar Hatun Neighborhood of Ortahisar district.
Gülbahar Hatun Mosque (Büyük Imaret-Hatuniye Mosque)
Also called Büyük İmaret or Hatuniye Mosque, Gülbahar Hatun Mosque is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The construction date of the Gülbahar Hatun Mosque, located in the southern part of Atapark, dates back to 1514. The mosque, which was built by Yavuz Sultan Selim, is worth seeing with its workmanship made of marble and minbar and dazzling. Gülbahar Hatun Mosque, which has traces of typical Ottoman architecture, is located in Gülbaharhatun District in Ortahisar district. Gülbahar Hatun Mosque, which is very close to the Zagnos Bridge, is in the group of Zaviyeli Mosques in Ottoman architecture.
From the Bedesten, where the first examples of Anatolia began to be seen in the 13th century, fabric as a word, various valuable items, fabric, etc. The name given to the places where it is sold. It is located in Bedesten Çarşı Mahallesi in Trabzon city center. Built in the 11th century, Bedesten is one of the most spectacular examples of the Grand Bazaar architecture. The square planned bazaar consists of stones of 28 centimeters.
Santa Maria Church
Santa Maria Catholic Church, located within the borders of the central Kemerkaya District, during the Sultan Abdülmecit Period; It was built between 1869-1874. Santa Maria Church, one of the holy shrines of Christianity, reflects baroque style architecture and has a rectangular and two-sided roof. The Santa Maria Church, which is dominated by frescoes and icons reflecting the features of the baroque era, is based on the Vatican and is open to visitors and worship.
Do not mislead the name Hamsiköy, located at the altitude of 1300 meters at the foot of the Zigana Mountains, this place is famous for its pudding, not anchovy. Its name comes from “hamse” which means 5 in Arabic. In other words, the original name of the village is Hamsköy or Hamseköy. A collective name given to five villages in this region. These five villages are: Hamsiköy, Ciharlı, Çıralı, Dikkaya and Güzelyayla.
All of them have very clean air, all of them are cute villages with greenery and authentic village houses. All of them, the rum folk who lived here during the years of exchange, were secluded settlements.
Just Akcaabat meatballs with a reputation for working with the unique flavor spread throughout Turkey as a place Hamsikoy beyond the provincial borders. Platana, which means “plane tree” in Greek as a word, is the oldest name of Akçaabat known in history. Akçaabat district, 13 km west of the center, is east of Çarşıbaşı and Vakfıkebir; It is located in the north of Maçka and Düzköy. You can reach Trabzon Bus Terminal, 22 km from Akçaabat, by your private car or by public transport. The most famous hotels to visit are July and August, and the most famous hotels in Akçaabat are located in the Orta Mahallesi region.
Situated 22 km from Maçka and 50 km from Trabzon center, Şolma Plateau is located at an altitude of about 1800 meters.
Çakırgöl Plateau, which is close to Altındere Valley National Park, has a height of 2500 meters. Other plateaus that you can pass through Çakırgöl Plateau are: Armutluk, Akarsu, Livayda Kurugöl, Mesaraş Furnoba, Mosque Strait, Deveboynu, Kırantaş, Ayraksa, Kasapoğlu and Ortaoba.
Kirazlı Plateau, which is fascinated with the creeks where the ice-cold waters flow, is incredibly cool especially in the summer months and has a height of 1850 meters. If you will reach Kirazlı Plateau, which is 22 km away from Maçka district center, by your private car, follow Maçka-Zigana road and continue 7 km further south from Gürgenağaç Village. “Ayeser Festivals” are held every year on the third Friday of July in Kirazlı or Kiraz Plateau.
Lapazan Plateau, located within the borders of Güneyağaç Village in Maçka district, is located at an altitude of 2200 meters.
Haçkaobaşı Plateau, which is 1785 meters high, is located approximately 12 km south of Düzköy district center.
Hıdırnebi Plateau, which is 44 km from the center of Trabzon, within a 30-minute drive from Akçaabat district center, is one of the most famous plateaus of Trabzon and also hosts the Orak Seven (Hıdırnebi) festivals between 19-20 July. In Hıdırnebi Plateau located in the center of Kuruçam, accommodation facilities consisting of bungalow type houses, eating and drinking places, bakery, grocery store, coffee shop, etc. available.
Regional Foods of Trabzon
Black Cabbage Soup
Black Cabbage Wrap
Best Hotels of Trabzon
Double Tree by Hilton Trabzon
Radısson Blu Hotel Trabzon
Trabzon Yalı Park