Turkish Authorities Ban Christian Liturgy in Panagia Sumela Monastery

filespanagia_soumela_pontos_392351936-666x399Turkish authorities notified the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the license for the yearly mass at Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon is revoked.

After five consecutive years during which it was allowed to have Orthodox Christian divine liturgy on August 15 at Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trabzon, this year the permit was revoked. The official reason given is that during the monastery restoration works, static problems appeared in the building.

The ban has caused great disappointment to thousands of Pontian people worldwide, and people from Greece who had planned to travel to the region these days to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption on August 15.

Sources within the Patriarchate of Constantinople who prefer to remain anonymous and many Pontic Greeks believe that the construction static problems invoked is a pretext and they fear that Christian mass will never be allowed in the historic monastery again.

The doors of the Sumela Monastery reopened in June 2010, after 88 years. The Turkish government had given permission to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to have a patriarchal liturgy for the Feast of the Assumption every year.

The license for the monastery to open its doors to the Christian faithful once a year was permanent. However, at the end of May the Turkish authorities warned the Ecumenical Patriarchate that the license is revoked, and have not clarified whether the revocation will only apply for this year.

Situated on a steep cliff 1,200 meters above sea level and facing the Altındere valley, the monastery is a site of great historical and cultural significance, as well as a major tourist attraction within Altındere National Park.


  1. The Greek government should stop building of the mosque in athens in show of defiance aganst this turkish aggression against Christians in turkey.

  2. >”static problems appeared in the building”.

    Don’t you hate it when that happens? The Static Problem in this particular case is the Salafist Turk in the corner with the gun who notes that Christians cannot fix their buildings according to the will of Allah.

    “And if you continue to try to fix your church building, I will blow your head off and behead your corpse and crucify your body.” Said a Turkish NATO official in a helpful explanation to the Obama Official. “Oh, that makes sense. Its their tradition!” – Replied Huma Abedin, close Clinton advisor and liaison with the Muslim Brotherhood.

  3. I just came back from a trip to Austria and Germany. There is such an anti-islam movement there that I think even Turks who were born in Germany will have to leave and go back to Turkey. Nobody wants the Turks in Europe. Some of them started packing their bags already

  4. I agree with you and I will say even more :
    All the europeans should stop building mosques in their country,
    to show defiance against Turkey, Saudi Arabia and all thoses muslims
    countries which persecute christians.

  5. I agree with you 1000000000%, we should stand for our rights to live freely without being threaten by these muslim fanatics and their culture which is been established on killing, rape and child molestation. We in europe should preserve our culture and if they don’t like it they go to hell, muslims are evil people no matter what they say and no one should trust them at all.