A historic Turkish monastery has been transformed into a nightclub
The historic Greek Orthodox monastery of Panagia Soumela, located in Trabzon, Turkey, was the site of a recent advertising video shoot that turned the courtyard into a nightclub. In the video clip, a DJ played loud electronic music in the courtyard as people danced.
According to the producers of the video, the staging was intended to promote the monastery as a tourist attraction and was done so with permission from Turkish authorities.
Yet it brought outrage from the Orthodox community as many claimed it desecrated the place of worship.
Panagia Soumela monastery operates now as a tourist attraction, as a stunning structure built into a steep cliffside.