The monastery, also known as Mary Garaseri, is situated on a hill in the Kayadibi village of Giresun’s Sebinkarahisar district, was used by Orthodox Greeks in the past until the 1940s. It is a four-storey and 32-room monastery and can be reached through a 20-minute walk from Kayadibi’s center.
The monastery is estimated to have served since the 2nd century A.D.
Saying that the monastery took its final shape in the 19th century and was commonly used by Orthodox Greeks who lived in the neighboring regions to perform religious ceremonies, he added that restoration work at the site was completed in 2013.
“This monastery is located on a route which connects Turkey’s Central Anatolia with the Black Sea region. Tourists who travel through this route can easily visit this beautiful structure, which is just 11 kilometers away from the highway,” Gürgenci said.
“There is a garden on the first storey, where a holy fountain, a cistern and tombs are located,” he said.
The other sections are built in the mountain, he noted, adding that the first floor included a hall, a kitchen, a dining room and a stove.
There are monk sections and a wide terrace on the second floor.
“The church is on the top part, where prayers are performed. The whole structure is on a 27,500 square-meter area,” he added.
The Sümela Monastery in Trabzon’s Maçka district was closed for restoration and officials expect it will create an opportunity for the Virgin Mary Monastery to draw tourists.
Source: Anadolu Agency