travel42 Professional Cruise Port of Call Review

Visited by Marco Polo, the ancient city of Trabzon, Turkey, on the Black Sea 400 mi/645 km northeast of Ankara, has one of the best-preserved Byzantine monuments in Turkey, the 13th-century frescoed Aya Sofya Church (now a museum).

Other sights include the 16th-century Gulbahar Hatun Cami (mosque) and the citadel.

About 30 mi/48 km southwest of Trabzon is an impressive Byzantine monastery built into a cliff at Sumela, at an elevation of 3,900 ft/1,190 m. While in the area, drive south thro...

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