Tatev Monastery and the longest Ropway of the world in Tatev
Tatev monastery is situated near the village of the same name in part of Zangezur – ancient Syunik.Tatev monastery was built during the 9-13th centuries as an Armenian intellectual center where philosophers, musicians, painters, calligraphers, and monks lived. This monasterys teachers produced manuscripts for the whole Armenian world. The complex was begun between 895 and 906. St. Gregory the Illuminator, who spread the word of Christ throughout Armenia, is buried here in a small church built in 1295. The tall «Gavazan» was engineered and erected in 904, with a khachkar on top.
The earthquake of 1931 caused considerable destruction, but the parts that survived enable us to judge about the artistic merits of the complex.The main monument is the Church of Poghos and Petros (Peter and Paul) built in 895-906. It reproduces the type of domed basilicas of the 7th century, but has new features. Tatev ensemble fits in perfectly with the mountainous landscape around it. A large church, dominating the surrounding structures and visible from afar, is the architectural and artistic center of the ensemble.
The residential and service premises, arranged in a single row on the perimeter, set off the polyhedral rock foundation and seem to be an extension of it. This gives the ensemble an original and majestic appearance.
The longest ropeway of the world, Wings of Tatev, is just another example. In 2010, Armenian launched its next gem, a 5.7-kilometer (3.5-mile) cable car line that stretches over a stunning gorge to the country’s ancient Tatev monastery.
This journey allows the visitors to enjoy a safe and impressive drive over the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge. The cable car travels at a speed of about 37 km (23 mi) per hour, and a one-way journey takes about 10 minutes. An instructor introduces all the wonderful cultural sites and noteworthy points that can be seen from above, further enhancing the cultural experience. At its highest point over the gorge, the car travels 320 m (1,050 ft) above ground level. This might sound scary, but when you’re inside, you will barely have time to realize you’re that high above the ground! The cable car has two cabins, each of which can take up to 25 passengers, so you can enjoy your drive with your friends and family. And to support our claims with facts, we can also note that on 23 October 2010, Wings of Tatev was officially recorded by the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car. The Monastery of Tatev is another candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage list. So, if you are looking for unforgettable adventures in the air, you don’t need planes! Wings of Tatev will take you to the sky!
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