Vazelon Monastery


Location Coordinates

40°45'35.5"N   39°31'47.8"E

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St John Vazelon Monastery

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Vazelon Monastery is located in Maçka district of Trabzon. The monastery, which was built in 270 AD, is located 40 kilometers south of Trabzon city center. Emperor I.Justinian wanted the monastery to be repaired in 565, and since then the monastery has been renovated many times. The present building was rebuilt in 1410. Vazelon Monastery had a vital importance in terms of its impact on religious, cultural and economic life in the Maçka region. It is said that the Sumela Monastery was built with the money obtained from the income of the Vazelon Monastery.