GOLD WEAVER [translation]: “A bracelet like this takes about a week for me to make. This sort of handicraft is very popular with women. Those who know how to do it are never without work.”
NARRATOR: Once the women have finished with the initial crafting, the gold pieces are sent to special workshops where finishing touches are made. Now there’s a treasure worthy of Ali Baba! The Sümela Monastery overlooks the vast hazelnut orchards and tea plantations that have helped made this region what it is today. As a matter of fact, Turkey is the largest exporter of hazelnuts, which are handpicked here. Similarly, the utmost care is taken to harvest tea. To ensure that the tea is of the finest quality, only the top layer of leaves is harvested. Constructed against a steep cliff, the Sümela Monastery lies approximately 50 kilometers south of Trabzon in the Taurus Mountains. It hangs like a swallow’s nest at an altitude of about 1,200 meters. Originally erected around 500 A.D., spectacular frescoes adorn the monastery’s many walls, making it an absolute must for culture lovers. The Orient begins at the Bosphorus – not exactly a far-off place by European standards. And these days you don’t have to be a sultan to enjoy a holiday in the grand style of A Thousand and One Nights.