Tatev Monastery


Tatev Monastery is a 9th century historical monument, a pearl of Armenian architecture. According to legend, the architect couldn’t get down when he finished the cupola of the main church. He cried out: ‘Togh Astvats indz ta-tev’, which means ‘May God give me wings’. And so the monastery got its name (Tatev). It contains  the Church of  St. Gregory and the Church of Pogos and Petros (tenth century), a cruciform domed  church  with chapels  in the four corners and mural paintings. During medieval times Tatev Monastery was a vital scholastic, enlightenment and spiritual center and played a singular role in the country’s history.

Ropeway "Wings of Tatev", located next to the monastery of Tatev is the world's longest passenger ropeway.