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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  • above a gorge with plenty of greenery. Pretty towers and a modern belfry and beautifully carved entrances. Liked the 17th century oil press.  more »
  • Now it’s easy to access this by cable car but it used to be hidden, isolated monastery located on the cliff. Big oil mill is well restored and it tells us monks in those days were having self sufficie...  more »
  • An amazing experience. The facility is well preserved and the church still operational. Views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are stunning. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
  • Tatev Minastery is a must see for everyone who’s coming to visit Armenia. Not to mention that in order to get there, you’ll need to ride the world’s longest cable car. That’s 12-min worth of breathtaking views!
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