Tatev Monastery, Tatev

Admire an ancient fortification built on a steep cliff at Tatev Monastery, a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic complex. Erected on a basalt plateau carved into fort walls, the monastery overlooks a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. It once hosted an important medieval university, and was a center for the sciences, philosophy, and book illumination. Observe the fortified walls on a massive cliff, exquisitely carved entrance arches to the church, and its round bell tower covered by an evenly rayed cupola. The compound also includes an ancient olive oil mill with stone grinders and the tomb of Gregory of Tatev, the last Armenian saint, who died here in 1410. Take the funicular--the world's longest nonstop double-track cable car--to reach the village of Halidzor. Put Tatev Monastery into our Tatev attractions planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tatev.
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  • Tatev is named after Saint Eustatius, the disciple of the Apostle Thaddeus. Eustachy is buried at the main temple of Tatev :Peter and Paul.Temple built in the 9th century. The relics of 11 apostles are kept in the monastery. In the 14th and 15th centuries it was the center of science and education, the largest university. Monastery of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Southern Armenia. Now this monument is being restored.
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  • Breathtaking place with a monastery on the edge of a ravine. The ride to the cable car is an experience, with a real flight attendant on board to control all the buttons.
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  • An amazing experience. The facility is well preserved and the church still operational. Views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are stunning. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
  • Tatev Minastery is a must see for everyone who’s coming to visit Armenia. Not to mention that in order to get there, you’ll need to ride the world’s longest cable car. That’s 12-min worth of breathtaking views!
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