Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew led a liturgy at the historic Soumela Monastery in the Black Sea province of Trabzon on Aug. 15.
Soumela Monastery, the Greek Orthodox edifice built in 385 AD which was included on UNESCO's temporary list of World Heritage Sites in 2000, was reopened on Tuesday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a videoconference ceremony. The Turkish President,...
The first section of the historic Greek Orthodox Sumela monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, will re-open to the public on May 18, Turkish authorities announced this week. The monastery, a reference point and religious touchstone for all Pontian Greeks,...