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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. Use our Tatev tourist route planner to arrange your visit to Tatev Monastery and other attractions in Tatev.
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  • This a 9th century monastery in southern Armenia. It's a must-do when in Armenia. Take the cable car to get there; it is the longest in the world and the scenary is really worth seeing.  more »
  • Tatev Monastary is a fantastic site and one of the gems of Armenia. The ride from Yerevan is long, five hours, but not expensive by taxi, and showcases the beautiful Armenian landscape. Another idea i...  more »
  • For €30 drive taxis from Goris to the monastery. Two hour stay to visit the well-preserved Monastery complex. Also for a March to the hot springs at the SATA bridge, a one-hour break is inserted.
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  • One, if not the most beautiful monastery in Armenia. Use wings of tatev cable tram for spectacular view. Don't miss this place.
  • Best Armenia monastery, placed in an amazing location. The "wings of tatev", which is the easiest way to get to the monastery, is the longest cable car of the world. The road is really bad. It's a long one day round trip from Yerevan, but the road is amazing as well.
  • Must see location if you want to lear about history of Armenia!
  • One of the beautiest places in Armenia! You should see this!
  • An incredible sight to see. A monastery from the 9th century with a vast amount of history.