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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

Sumela Monastery

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Sumela Monastery

At an altitude of nearly 4,000 feet, this Greek Orthodox monastery in the Trabzon Province of Turkey has a breathtaking view of Altindere National Park. Founded in 386, the monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary — according to local legends, it was built by two priests after they found an icon of Mary in one of the mountain's caves.