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!

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