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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  • Tramway-World longest according to Guinness is absolute-along with the monastery-very worth seeing. Tatev is u/restoration, but it happens very carefully in the interests of customers.
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  • It is a beautiful monastery, at the tip of the mountain, is reached with a cable car. It is far, but certainly worth a go. Where leave you the cable car you can take a taxi (very broken car) with locals and take you to the bridge panoramic to the iconic photo. Don't do it!
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  • Tatev monastery is one of the spiritual centers of the Armenian people. Restoration work is underway at the monastery, to revive monasticism and attract tourists.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A very historical place with a great view. We can strongly recommend.
  • This ancient monastery is being meticulously renovated. So far the olive press is the only thing done. Once completed, it will be the nicest tourist attraction in all of Armenia.

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