Turkish Authorities Refuse Permission: Panagia Soumela's Anticipated Service Canceled, Uncertain Future for the Historic Holy Monastery

Greek Panagia Soumela Monastery in Trabzon

The Ecumenical Patriarchate has confirmed that the anticipated service at Panagia Soumela on the fifteenth of August will not occur this year. According to an official announcement, the Turkish authorities did not grant the necessary permission to operate the historic Holy Monastery on this significant day.

The statement by the Ecumenical Patriarchate highlights that the Divine Liturgy, traditionally held on the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, cannot be conducted at Panagia Soumela as planned due to the lack of authorization from the competent government authorities.

As of now, the specific reasons for Turkey's refusal to grant permission have not been disclosed. The decision has caused disappointment and concern among those who hold this annual event in high regard.

The situation has raised questions about the future possibilities for the celebration and preservation of this cherished religious observance at Panagia Soumela. Until the authorities clarify, the faithful and the Ecumenical Patriarchate await further updates.

About Panagia Soumela

Panagia Soumela, also known as the Sumela Monastery or the Monastery of the Virgin Mary, is a historic and culturally significant religious site located in Trabzon, Turkey. It is perched on the steep cliffs of Mount Mela, approximately 1,200 meters above sea level, providing a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.

About Panagia Soumela
Turkish Authorities Refuse Permission: Panagia Soumela's Anticipated Service Canceled, Uncertain Future for the Historic Holy Monastery 1

The monastery is renowned for its rich history and religious importance, attracting visitors from various parts of the world. It holds particular significance for the Greek Orthodox community and is considered one of the most important monasteries in the Orthodox Christian tradition.

Historical records suggest that the original Panagia Soumela Monastery was founded in the 4th century AD by two Athenian monks, Barnabas and Sophronios.

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