Mass Held for First Time in 87 Years in Turkey's Sümela Monastery

Dating back to the 4th century, the monastery only stopped functioning in 1923. (Photo: Jonathan Lewis)

Tourists from around the world routinely trek 1,200 meters up into the mountains near the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon to take in the marvel of a monastery seemingly suspended from a cliff face. But for many, the marvel of Sümela Monastery lies in its symbolism.

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Jonathan Lewis is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Istanbul.

Mass Held for First Time in 87 Years in Turkey's Sümela Monastery

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