A very important man in Armenian history was St. Gregory (the Enlightened One). He was the one who spread the word of Christ in Armenia. The fact that he was buried in one of the churches of Tatev Monastery gives the monastery additional importance.
The world's longest cable car
No less spectacular than the monastery is the journey: The «Wings of Tatev», a 5,750 metre long cable car, takes visitors from the village of Halidsor over two mountain peaks and over the Worotan Gorge, up to 500 metres deep, to Tatev Monastery during the 11-minute ride. The cable car was built in 2010. Before that, the journey to Tatew Monastery took much longer, as one had to follow a narrow Holper road through the Worotan Gorge by car. With a length of 5,750 metres, the «Wings of Tatev» is the longest reversible aerial tramway in the world in one section and with only one continuous suspension rope.
From June to August the Tatev cable car runs between 09:00 and 20:00, in May and September from 10:00 to 19:00 and from October to April from 10:00 to 18:00. In winter the return trip costs 3'500 AMD (7 USD), in summer 5'000 AMD (10 USD).
The 3 Tatev churches
Once you reach your destination, you can walk through the village of Tatew with its 1,000 inhabitants or, because it is not particularly spectacular, visit the monastery of Tatew directly.
There are three churches on the monastery grounds. The central building is the Surb Pogos-Petros (Peter and Paul Apostle Church), built between 895 and 906. There are also St. Gregory's and St. Astvartsin's churches on the site. The latter was built in the 11th century. In 1931 a strong earthquake caused great damage to the buildings. The beauty of the monastery was not affected.
Also the view from the monastery to the Vorotan gorge and the surrounding hills is phenomenal.
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How to get there
By car in 4 hours from Yerevan to Halidsor and from there by «Wings of Tatev» to the monastery. The cable car ride takes 11 minutes. By car it takes about 30 minutes from Halidzor to Tatev Monastery.
From Goris, 35 km to the north, there are occasional marschrutka connections to Tatev. The trip costs 700 AMD (1.50 USD) and takes about one hour.
The nearest airport is Sjunik Airport near Kapan. From the airport to Tatev Monastery it takes 1h 30min by car. From the airport in Yerevan it is about 4h 30min.
There are no train connections to the south of Armenia.