Tatev Monastery

Tatev Monastery complex is one of the most spectacular places of Armenia located 1600 high in the mountains, on the right elevated bank of the river Vorotan, in Syunik province, 250km from Yerevan. “Tatev” means “give me wings” in old Armenian. Built in the 9th century AD, Tatev monastery complex was one of the oldest spiritual centers of medieval Armenia, the largest centre of philosophy and science as well as the biggest university of its time. Besides grandiose churches of the complex there is an interesting column called “Gavazan”. This was originally a pagan monument, built to line up with Orion’s Belt on August 11, when Armenians used to celebrate the New Year. This mysterious column also is said to have been used to predict seismic activity in ancient times by its motions. At the entrance of the complex there you can see also an ancient oil mill with stone grinders. One of the treasures of Armenia is also situated right there: “Wings of Tatev”, the longest non-stop double track cable car in the world (5,7km) registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. If you are fond of nature and road journeys, you can reach to the monastery by the long road, but if you are looking for an extraordinary adventure the longest cable-car is waiting for you “to give you the wings” to fly to the monastery and enjoy the marvelous scenery!

Professional Guides

Our multi language guide will provide information about the history and culture of the places you visit.

Start here

The best hotels

Browse top hotels in Yerevan and other regions of Armenia!

Start here

Comfortable transfers

Comfort and safety. All our vehicles have free WiFi, bottled water, and multi-zone air conditioning.

Read more

Rent a car

See All Available Car Rental Options in Tours.


Check out our other toursSee all tours

Mermaid’s hair

Gorge of flowers

“Armenian Switzerland”


Mikayelyan Family Farm

Khor Virap – Shaki Waterfall – Tatev monastery


Latest news and events in Armenia

Armenian Air Fest VI

Yerevan revealed as 2023’s best destination for backpackers

Discover Armenia from heaven


Visit extraordinary places on unique trips that include activities and accommodations

Paragliding in Armenia

Ski or Snowboarding at Tsaghkadzor

Horseback Riding in Armenia

Cycling and Mountain Biking in Armenia

Ancient sites

Explore the most popular places of Armenia

Amberd Fortress




Religious sites

Armenian Churches and Monasteries

Sevanavank Monastery

Goshavank Monastery

Sanahin Monastery

Haghpat Monastery