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... has it that two priests undertook its creation after discovering a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain."
When we entered the monastery the areas we saw were very interesting. But there was another half that was not accessible to the public. I think(hope) they were in the process of restoring the latter half as pictures of the monastery promise a more a substantial visit. It's a pity as we did travel 1000km across Turkey to see it.
... at breakfast.
Well it turned out the call was quite good, even though it happened at 4.18am!
Today we climbed the 250m to Sumela Monastery, which was a Greek Orthodox monastery perched on a cliff which was active from the middle ages through to the 1920s when there became less room for other religions in Turkey. It is a long, hot and quite steep walk up to essentially a couple of empty rooms and a chapel which has a mixture of 11th ...
... english and all I can say in Tukish is hello, goodbye and thankyou! Next we drove back down the mountains past hydro-electric stations and tunnels being carved through the rocky mountains into the city again where we visited the lovely Ayasofya church, a former Greek Orthodox church dating back to the 13th century which has unfortunately been converted to a mosque. They have however preserved the beautiful frescoes lining the walls and ceilings and it had ...
... our very own watchdog. He watched everything all night and whenever anyone moved he barked and growled. Going to make a visit this morning was not much fun with fangs in tow especially when in a vulnerable position with your pants down.
Fortunately I pulled them up in time and went for my run and explored a nearby village where you nearly always find a bakers open. I bought 2 loaves for double the going rate but as that ...
... relieved to find a restaurant still open, right next door to our hotel. They seemed to have only one thing on order - huge kofta sandwiches, which we delicious. The next morning, we managed to find at seat at the same place, this time very busy with people ordering hearty soup with bread for breakfast. Turns out most of these people were passengers on the buses that were making a stop in this town.