Saturday, November 2, 2013

Tatev Monastery

The Tatev Monastery is a 9th-century monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a deep gorge of the Vorotan River. Tatev is known as the bishopric seat of Syunik and played a significant role in the history of the region as a center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. 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.

I have to thank Hovsep for this awesome card sent from Yerevan with a nice matching stamp. The stamp is actually the joint issue "Europa 2012- Visit Armenia" , which depicts the Tatev Monastery and the "Wings of Tatev", a cableway from Tatev to Halidzor village. The cableway was launched in 2010 as part of the effort of Armenian government  to revive tourism in the area and was included in the Guinness World Records as world's "longest non-stop double track cable car."