"The Monastery of Tatev" Tat'ev by R-men

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The monastery of Tatev is the religious center of historic Syunik. The main cathedral of Peter and Paul was built in 895-906 A.D. by Bishop Hovhannes Syunetsi. All adjacent parts of the Tatev complex are fortified by walls which were added to the natural obstacles of the rocky terrain and hilltop terrain in defense of invading nomads. The vaulted Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator (848 A.D.) abuts to its northern wall. The church of the Virgin Mary was built in the 12th Century over the vaulted ceiling of the monastery main gate and mausoleum. The memorial and pillar (called "the Rocking Column"), is dedicated to the Holy Trinity and was erected in the year 895 A.D.

The monastery has often been left in ruins as a result of the invasions of the Seljuk Turks and earthquakes.

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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2005 at 3:30 AM

    I plan to visit Armenia again next year and will absolutly visit Tatev. It looks like a beautiful place!

  • MJB123's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2004 at 11:26 AM

    Looking at the Tatev Monostary photos should make people realize that some of the most awesome places on the planet are ones you nver even heard of.


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