Year Visited: 2018 – July
From Yerevan I joined an organized group tour to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh); On the way, we visited Khor Virap and Tatev Monastery.
Lunch at a roadside traditional Armenian restaurant where a group of women were making fresh Lavash, a traditional thin bread, now on a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
In the past, Tatev was difficult to reach, because the winding road had to descend the steep walls of a gorge, and cross a river on the Devil’s Bridge, but now Tatev is easily accessible by Wings of Tatev, the world’s longest reversible cable car. Wings of Tatev was included in the Guinness World Records as “world’s longest non-stop double track cable car”.
The Tatev Monastery is a 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity.