Tatev Monastery, Tatev

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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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  • On an edge over the gorge of River Vorotan, the Armenian Church built, in the 9th century, the awesome "Tatev Monastery". On its golden years, between the 11th and 15th centuries, more than 1,000...  more »
  • The Monestary is about 1000 years and is built on the clif edge of the mountain. You appricaite the difficulty, the passion and the inspiration which must have been the driving force in completing...  more »
  • There's more here to see than a lot of other monasteries! I spent about 1.5 hours wandering around the place, and when hiking is available I'm sure I could easily spend 6 hours here. Snow made it impossible to hike much around this time though, in February
  • The most beautiful place I visited in Armenia. Worth the trip! I was lucky enough to visit it alone, such a peaceful place!

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