Tatev Monastery

Tatev monastery is undoubtedly one of the most famous places of interest in Armenia, which is often served as the visit card of our biblical land.

Being a unique  example of Armenian medieval architecture, Tatev attracts visitors with not only its cultural worth, but also with the mesmerizing beauty of the surrounding area and one of the most exciting entertainments of the area - "WINGS OF TATEV" - the longest non-stop double track cable car!!!The monastery of Tatev is a 9th century Armenian monastery located on a large basalt plateau near Tatev village in Syunik Province in south-eastern Armenia. Being situated on a naturally defended place Tatev monastery has always been an unassailable fortress for alien.    It stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and used to play a significant role in the history as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.Tatev Monastery consists of three churches (ST. Paul and Peter, ST. Gregory the Illuminator and ST. Mary), a library, dining hall, mausoleum as well as other administrative buildings.
There are many stories as to how the name for Tatev Monastery originated. One of them is that when the construction of the main church was completed and it was time for placing the cross on the dome, one of the students made a cross, which suited the church in its beauty. He then attempted to secretly place it on the dome at night. However, he did not manage to come down unnoticed by his master. When he saw his furious master he threw himself into the abyss asking God for wings (“tal tev” – “to give wings”). According to another story, it was a group of endangered Christians who asked God for wings: “tev”.There is another nature wonders of Armenia on Vorotan River – Satani Kamurj (Devil’s Bridge). It is an amazing natural bridge hung on the river, with 150m width and 170 m length. The bridge height above the river level is 50 m.
There are naturally carbonated mineral springs on the bridge and around it.In 1995, Tatev Monastery and its adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley were added to the list of World Heritage of UNESCO.
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