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... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2013 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.