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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  • 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 »
  • The most beautiful place I visited in Armenia. Worth the trip! I was lucky enough to visit it alone, such a peaceful place!  more »
  • The most beautiful place I visited in Armenia. Worth the trip! I was lucky enough to visit it alone, such a peaceful place!
  • Even though the place is very popular and full of tourists, it is must visit indeed! The Wings of Tatev the cable car to get to the Monastery is an incredible experience with great views. The Monastery has got a Creamery just outside of the main building so don't miss out! You could read a few interesting facts in there ad also see interactive video of how everything had functioned in old days. Shame we could not see one of the parts of the main building as maintenance was were held at the time we were there a few weeks ago.
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