Trabzon or Trebizond was known as the Constantinople of the East and has always spoken to the imagination of people. Don Quijote liked to think of himself as the Emperor of Trebizond (ya coronado por el valor de su brazo, por los menos, del imperio de Trapisonda). Presently, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Trabzon is booming as a commercial center for the Eastern Black Sea area and the Caucasian republics.
Trabzon is also the starting point for a visit to Sumela monastery. Mavi Dünya EY-CE Tur, Gazipaşa Mahallesi, Mektep Sokak, Otopark İçi, Canbakkal İş hanı;, No. 11 (Tel. +90 (462) 326 63 37) offers a good half-day tour to Sumela in mini-bus.
We had (2003) a very nice stay in Trabzon at Hotel Nur, İskenderpaşa Mahallesi, Meydan Camii Sokak 15 (Tel. 90 (462) 323 04 45, +90 (462) 323 04 46), close to Atatürk Alanı. It has pleasant airy rooms (single about $20).
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