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 Monastery Reviews
The Tatev Monastery existed from prehistoric pagan times...now 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery which underwent located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village southeastern Armenia.... more »
The tatev monastery is a must visit location if you have time in Armenia. It is about 5 hours away from Yerevan so it's better to spend the night in tatev to avoid a 10 hours ride back and forth more »
Монастырь с историей, очень понравился, от Еревана далековато, поэтому лучше остаться с ночевой. Если мало времени, то ехать не стоит. Если можете уделить этому 2 дня то лучше выехать днем, остаться с... more »Monastery history, very much from Yerevan far, so better stay with overnight stays. If pressed for time, the ride is not worth it. If you can give this 2 days it is better to leave in the afternoon, stay with overnight stays in Goris in the morning and go to Tatev.
The most famous historical site in Armenia, and of course on Sunday is quite crowded but not too much to be noisy and disturbing. The church is beautiful and I had the opportunity to see the funny celebration of the liturgy with priest typically dressed, choir of woman, incense and praying devotees. After many churches seen, I must say this is not the most beautiful, even if fascinating. I appreciate most the oil mill beside, well restructured and well described with the use of multimedia explanations, which helps to enjoy and understand much more than printed signs. I guess that this is the way to help tourists to enjoy every site for their particularities.
Must see ! One o the best sights of Armenia !!! Famous fortified monastery on the cliff. Best views from opposite hill
Amazing place. The priest inside the Monterey was a gem of a person. He prayed over us. The place has so much of history.
Great place to be, to see oldness of Armenian culture and healthy nature. Being here you'll be free of thoughts and doubts, will feel relaxed physically and spiritually.
I think this is a historical must see place if you are in Armenia. The road is hard, but is worth it. The beat way to reach the monastery is by cablecar Wings of Tatev.
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