In a period of four months Turkey’s famous Sumela Monastery has been visited by over 220,000 tourists in a four month period.

The Monastery was closed in 2015 for restoration and to eliminate danger caused by the rock masses around Karadag Mountain. Restoration works have also been ongoing inside the historical monastery.

On May 25th, the first part of the rock-carved monastery was opened to visitors following four years of restoration work at a cost of 40 billion Turkish Liras.

The second phase of work is to be completed in 2020 and it is expected that 3000,000 more people will visit the monastery by the end of the year.

The number of tourists visiting Trabzon has also reached 622,000 between January and September this year.

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