It all started with this photo of Trabzon, shared by Reddit user heartsquo, which I later found was originally taken by instagram user yusufipekci:

Trabzon Turkey by heartsquo.
Trabzon Turkey by yusufipekci.

It’s a beautiful sweeping view of a winter landscape from the windows of a cozy abode. The caption only lends the barest of descriptors: “Simple but gorgeous. Trabzon-Turkey.”

A Wikipeida page later and I am in love with a place I’ve never been.

By Dickinson Brothers - http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/37950/Trabzon_Turkey_Trebizond/Parker-Brothers.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37666070
Lithograph of Trabzon from the sea by the Dickinson Brothers of London, 1853. It shows the city from ‘Khonsi point’ at the left to Platana (Akçaabat) at the right. This is the first impression most western travelers got of the city (in good weather) until the second half of the 20th century.

Greeks founded the city in the 8th century and the layers of history stack, merge and meld from there. Perched on the cliffs off the Black Sea, Trabzon is home to sites from antiquity.

Hagia Sophia

A 13th century Greek Orthodox church later converted into a mosque in 1584 and today a museum, Hagia Sophia is considered a prime example of Byzantine architecture.


Sumela Monastery

This monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary and built between 75AD and 95AD. It has been restored and used by various emperors throughout hundreds of years.

By unknown user .o. (the page does not exist - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chapels.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9553941
The main portion of the monastery is located inside a cave.

 

Beautiful Views

The nature and scenery are top notch.

By Macukali at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Stegop using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10623685
Livera village.
By Maderibeyza - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5511336
Lake Uzungol, by Maderibeyza – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5511336
By Anatoliy Buchenko - http://shovkovyishlyah.at.ua/index/turechchina_trapezund_kozackikh_litopisiv_10/0-87, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39646913
Historic mansions built into the landscape. By Anatoliy Buchenko – http://shovkovyishlyah.at.ua/index/turechchina_trapezund_kozackikh_litopisiv_10/0-87, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39646913

Of course, this love is more like lust– a sudden rapturous want fueled by pictures of an ancient city and mountains draped over blue waters. I’m ready for an adventure to somewhere I’ve never heard of, are you?

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