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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

  Duration: 10 days / 9 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: 1300 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Holy Mount Ararat

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Historical; Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1080 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Guaranteed Departures

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Cultural, Leisure; Best Period: according to set dates; Distance: ~500 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Armenia – Top Destination of the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: March - November; Distance to be passed: ~1150 km; Coutnry: Armenia See more details

ARMENIA UNESCO

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Historical, Wine, Cognac, Hiking; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1550 km; Country: Armenia See more details

Following the Great Silk Road

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights; Tour Type: Silk Road, Cultural, Historical, Wine; Best Period: May - October; Distance to be passed: ~1050 km Countries: Georgia, Armenia See more details

Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Tour type: Cultural, Historical, Wine, Gourmand Best Period: March - December Distance: Countries: Armenia, Georgia See more details

Perched atop the Vorotan River Gorge, the ninth century Tatev monastic complex was one of Armenia’s most advanced medieval universities hosting students in humanitarian sciences and an important political stronghold. Because of its forbidding location, it was once hard to access. But now a 5.7 kilometer long cableway has been built to connect visitors to the monastery and its surrounding villages, offering an exciting journey with breathtaking views of the river gorge bellow. All this truly makes the monastery of Tatev a world class destination.

 

The ensemble of Tatev makes the gorgeous landscape around it more complete and more picturesque. The architectural and artistic center of the ensemble, visible from afar, the residential and service premises that are arranged in a single row and set off the polyhedral rock foundation, give the fortified monastery an original appearance.

Due to its harmonious proportions the majestic appearance of this monastic complex catches the attention of its visitors just from the outside even though the whole view of the buildings is blocked from aside because of the high walls all around. But as soon as we enter the courtyard, the whole grandeur of the magnificent constructions leaves visitors astonished. The large dome, the low and closely-spaced arrangement of narrow windows, crowned with thin ornamented edges, and a high and round drum make the already wonderful impressions more complete.

Like any other 8-9th century monument, the facades here are smooth with no extra detailing. On four of the facades one can see oval shaped human faces and snakes with stuck out stings around. The northern façade is the only exception: as if the carver tried to portray someone.

The door of Tatev Church is really an outstanding work of art. The folds and jamb of the door are decorated with involved geometrical ornament and small floral patterns scattered all around.

The temple consists of three churches, classrooms, cells for the monks, a library, dining hall, bell tower, grave, storage, kitchen, bakery, winery, as well as other administrative and auxiliary buildings.

The upright pendulum built in the 10th century in the court yard is a separate object for pride. The pendulum has few decorations and no inscriptions with a cross-stone on top (known as khachkar). This eight meters height column is a unique architectural-engineering art of Armenia and a mysterious one. The point is that it has remained unaltered since its construction despite the numerous earthquakes and invasions. Till now the column swings and goes back to its vertical position during earthquakes.

Thus this splendid architectural complex is among the must-see places in Armenia.