The monastery of Tatev is situated high on the side of the Vorotan gorge, at 850 metres deep. The monastic buildings are protected on two sides by precipitous ravines and on the other two sides by defensive walls. The buildings of Tatev itself date from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries and the monastery of Tatevi Anapat, on the bottom of the valley, dates to the seventeenth century. This area of the Vorotan Valley is of considerable geological interest.
Tatev Monastery consists of three churches (ST. Paul and Peter, ST. Gregory the Illuminator and ST. Mary), a library, dining hall, mausoleum as well as other administrative buildings.
The historic monastery is also accessible by the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car. The ropeway “Wings of Tatev” is 5,752 m (18,871 ft). The tramway connects the village of Halizor with the medieval Tatev Monastery, offering a unforgettable journey across the Vorotan River Gorge.
In 1995, the monasteries of Tatev, Tatevi Anapat and their adjacent areas of the Vorotan Valley were added to the tentative list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage - Armenian Cross-Stones