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Stories and Photos from my travels to a magnificent Tatev Monastery.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Armenia

Year Visited: 2018 – July

I visited Tatev during my five plus months backpacking trip through Central and Eastern Europe. After few days of walking around the capital city of 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.
The Gates of Zangezur – welcoming you to Syunik Marz region in Southern Armenia.
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”.
View from the Wings of Tatev.
View from the Wings of Tatev, the first sight of Tatev Monastery.

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.

A magnificent view of the Tatev Monastery.
The Tatev Monastery.
Inside of The Tatev monastery.
The Tatev monastery.

After a day long journey through Armenia, in the late afternoon we reached our destination, an unrecognized country of Artsakh.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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