Tatev Monastery

Tatev Monastery

Syunik Province, Tatev Village, Tatev Monastery
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One of the finest examples of the Armenia architecture is the 9th-century renowned Tatev Monastery. This historic monastery is included on most of the itineraries of Armenia and for a […]

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One of the finest examples of the Armenia architecture is the 9th-century renowned Tatev Monastery.

This historic monastery is included on most of the itineraries of Armenia and for a good reason. Located near the Tatev village on the edge of the Vorotan Gorge, Tatev Monastery used to be the spiritual and educational center of the region.

Another interesting fact about the Armenian monasteries is that they were famous for being extremely multifunctional. Throughout the Middle Ages the Armenian Church used to be one of the strongest social institutions of the state. It was the locomotive of freedom, education, social life, and even law and constitution. It is worth mentioning that, for centuries Armenian monasteries were not only a place of worship and prayer, but also a strong educational center, and Tatev Monastery, along with the other ones, is definitely the best example proving it, since there has been established a university with the same name back in the 1373. Worth to say that scholars of the Tatev University contributed to the preservation of Armenian culture and creed during one of its most turbulent periods in its history.

One of the ways to made it to the Tatev Monastery is the “Wings of Tatev” cabin car, which is a Guinness World Record cabin car recognized as the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car that will take you 5.7 kilometers above the gorge. It is an alternative way, that helps visitors get to the Tatev Monastery from Halidzor.

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