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Virgins’ Monastery

Virgins’ (Kızlar) Monastery stands on the slopes of Mount Boztepe with a commanding view of the city of Trabzon. The complex occupies two terraces and is enclosed by a high wall. Founded during the reign of the Byzantine emperor Alexios III (1349-1390), the structure subsequently underwent several major repairs and did not acquire its present form until the 19th century.

The original core of the complex was a rock church containing a sacred spring on the south side, the chapel at its entrance, and a few cells occupied by monks. Inside the rock church there are inscriptions and portraits of Alexios III, his wife Theodora, and his mother Irene.