Situated about 4km South of Argyroupolis (Gumushane) and 2 km West of Kanis (Harsit) is the Monastery of St. George Choutora (Hudra, now Alemdar). Bryer states that Choutoura was the leading monastery of Chaldia after 1624. Its 18th century katholikon was replaced by a splendid structure in 1883 which is now fast decaying. The origins of the monastery are quite likely medieval. It is situated opposite a sacred cave in a cliff face.
It is possible that Choutoura has a Trapezuntine origin. The monastery prospered during the 18th and 19th centuries when the local silver mines were thriving.
Bryer also states that tha Stratikebas family founded Choutoura monastery and claimed descent from the Kabazitai.
The Momastery of St. George Choutoura in the 1950's. It is now in ruins.
A native of Choutoura sent us the pictures in this article and mentioned that Choutoura comprised 3 churches. The second church which is pictured below is believed to have been for ladies (see top right of picture). It is also belived that a 3rd church existed in Choutoura and was located atop a mountain which is a hill between Choutoura and Old Gumushane. There is a ruin there and it is unsure whether this is the 3rd church in question. The name of this place is called Yelli Kilise (church in the wind). There was also a village situated behind Choutoura called Mavrangel.
Our friend from Choutoura is searching for more information about the structures and monuments of Choutoura. If anyone is from Choutoura and would like to share information with our friend from Choutoura please contact us and we will put you in touch with him.
A church (top right) believed to be for ladies.
The Byzantine monuments and Topography of the Pontos. Vol 1. A.Bryer. D.Winfield. p.301. p.310