Tatev Monastery
Tatev Monastery
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Armen M
Greater Sydney, Australia127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Monestary is about 1000 years and is built on the clif edge of the mountain. You appricaite the difficulty, the passion and the inspiration which must have been the driving force in completing such a difficult project.

Take your time and listen to the serenity of the scenery - surrounding valleys and mountains.
Written 13 January 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
On an edge over the gorge of River Vorotan, the Armenian Church built, in the 9th century, the awesome "Tatev Monastery". On its golden years, between the 11th and 15th centuries, more than 1,000 monks lived and studied within its walls. "Tatev Monastery" was considered an important medieval university, with relevant works on science, philosophy, theology, reproduction of manuscripts and miniature painting. The monastery was named after "Eustateus", a disciple of "Apostle St. Jude Thaddeus" ("St. Jude Thaddeus" brought the "Holy Spear" relic to Armenia, which can be actually seen at the "Alex and Marie Manoogian Treasury House Museum" in the "Echmiadzin Complex"). "Eustateus" preached and was martyred in the region. Visit "Tatev Monastery" and its main churches dedicated to "Sts. Peter and Paul", to "The Holy Mother of God" and to "St. Gregory the Illuminator". It is easily reached after a 12 minute ride with the "Wings of Tatev", a modern cable car connecting the village of Halidzor and the monastery itself. And if you are lucky enough, Father Mikael will be at the altar of one of the churches of "Tatev Monastery" blessing all visitors! Unmissable! Enjoy!
Written 1 May 2020
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,451 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
This is the most sacred monastery in Armenia. It is also not close to anything else. It sits on the precipice of beautiful cliffs. It is still a working church, too. You have to drive past it to get the great view you see in pictures. Inside you can learn a little of the history but I wish there were more to teach us about how it was built, how people lives there for so many years. It is in a stunning location
Written 6 July 2021
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Victoria A
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Going to Tatev Monastery was the highlight of the trip. Well worth the journey! I enjoyed the destination very much and will take it with me for the rest of my lifetime. I highly recommend seeing it in November as the weather is beautiful this time of year. Although an issue happened with my pick up destination prior to the tour. A refund was credited to my account for the inconvenience which i was not expecting. This shows that this agency cares about the happiness of its customers in case something does go wrong.
Written 14 November 2022
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mrc282
World8,922 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
there are 2 ways to access this monastery

1) wings of tatev, halidzor station: roundtrip cable car ride costs 9000 AMD, so it isnt the cheap option. but it will cut down your driving time (30 min) by more than half. it is about 20 min walk from monastery to tatev viewpoint where the iconic photo of monastery is usually taken.

2) driving to tatev village: it is about 30 min drive through some potholed roads from halidzor to tatev. the advantage of this method is you get to see things along the way, and also you can drive direct to tatev viewpoint

recommend visiting on a clear day. it seems to get foggy here often, and fast.
Written 26 March 2024
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Saeedeh
Iran345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Business
Beautiful complex of churches including three or four buildings where one of them is the main church, one is like a grave yard or something, the other is empty but with an unbelievable view of the nature around, and the last one is souvenir shop. All located in an outstanding sightseeing near Tatev in Armenia. I saw nobody of church staff and bishops there but traditions are still obeyed such as forcing to wear Hijab (with scarf) or staying quiet in the environment. There are candles to be used for the wishes and prayes in the main building.
Recommended.
Written 25 March 2023
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cool_alaska
Juneau, AK526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Great place, awesome history, amazing views. The only downside is the very long way from Yerevan. Hard to do in one day. Wish we stayed overnight in Tatev. The aerial road is so long! More than 3 miles! But it was so packed - we couldn’t move, unbelievable in COVID times!
Hope they will stop chasing money and fix that situation
Written 21 October 2021
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Ankan D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Comfortable journey by his 4X4 , very friendly & charismatic. Have deep knowledge about history & great ability to show his country through his eyes, enough to fall in love with Armenia. Lucky to have great views of mount Ararat though out our journey . Got few surprises like the green old beauty (ride of old Russian military car) . Beautiful Tatev & it’s cinematic view mesmerized us. Played Hindi songs & loved to be back again.
Written 31 May 2021
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Tisha G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Monastery was breathtaking. Really good sceneries. The cable cabin was amazing. I made friends, people were so good and trustworthy. Arina, our tour guide made us feel like home in Armenia♥
Written 29 December 2023
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Marywhotravels
Washington DC, DC1,629 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I'd seen pictures of Tatev Monastery in both of my guidebooks, so I was determined to stop by and see it for myself while backpacking around Armenia. It's pretty hard to get to, which I think discourages many tourists to Armenia. But if you have the time, this really should be a must-see for any trip to Armenia.

The setting couldn't be any more dramatic. It's about a 40-minute taxi ride outside of the charming town of Goris, and the scenery the entire way there is spectacular. My creaky little cab had to grind it's way all the way up a mountain, then down it again, across a ravine, then slowly up the dirt switchback roads of Tatev Mountain. The monastery is perched right at the edge of a cliff, surrounded by little farms and dark green shrubbery.

Entrance into the Monastery is free, but if you head to the back wall from the front gate, you'll probably find a monk selling religious mementos and accepting donations. Then you're free to explore on your own. The main church of the monastery was built in the 9th century, and then additional buildings and fixtures were added until the 15th century. Be sure to go down the steps of the cloisters and walls. Most rooms are empty, but you'll occassionally find interesting carvings on the walls and doors, often featuring snakes and lizards, symbols of protection and common wildlife for the area. At one point I accidentally walked into a room that was clearly being lived in by one of the monks!

Also nearby, be sure to stop and look at Satan's Bridge, a natural rock formation at the bottom of Tatev Mountain. There's also a natural spring pool if you feel like swimming, plus a couple areas that are nice for picnic-ing. Look down into the ravine and you'll see Tatev Monastery's former university, now overgrown with weeds, but still very picturesque.
Written 6 August 2008
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