Idea #501 – Visiting the Monastry of Tatev in Armenia
The monastery of Tatev is situated in the region of Goris, in 316 km from Yerevan, in the southeast of Armenia, in the marz of Syunik. The monastery was built between the Xth and the XIIIth centuries, in the location of an antique sanctuary. From 1390 to 1453, a recognized university takes a seat there; great and famous learned theologians, as Grégoire de Tatev, are welcomed there.
In the at present visible buildings, the main church Saints-Pierre-et-Paul, in basilica style with dome, built between 895 and 906, is certainly the oldest element. In the South of this church, the church Saint Grégoire with bent cover a date of 1285. The building was damaged by the earthquake of 1931. The works of restoration were only finished in 2010. This monument, the most important of the South of the country, was registered on the indicative list of the World heritage of the UNESCO.
Until 2010, the access to the monastery of Tatev was rather difficult, via a single track, mediocre sinuous and sloping. A cable railway, built in 2010, is recognized by Guiness Book as the cable railway today “the longest of the world”.
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