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Tatev is monastery located high on the edge of the Vorotan gorge near the village of Tatev at the Goris region in south-eastern Armenia. Vorotan is the biggest gorge of Armenia with a depth of 850 meters. The monastery of Tatev was established during the 9th century. Tatev was built in a strategically advantegous position. Two sides of the complex are bounded by high raised defensive walls and the other two sides are protected by the steep valleys.

History of Tatev
The Tatev Monastery Complex was once the political capital of Syunik principality. During the 10th century it had a population of 1000 people. The monastery of Tatevi Anapat was established during the 17th century. It is located at the bottom of the valley. A considerable amount of destruction was caused due to the earthquake of 1931.

Monuments of Tatev
The Church of Pogos and Petros established in 895-906 is the main monument of Tatev. It contains a typically domed basilica of the 7th century. The unique architectural fineness and the fascinating detailing of the exterior of the church catch the eyes of all tourists. The interior walls were decorated with frescos, which with time has been damaged. The Grigory Church located beside the main church was built in 1295.

The monument of Gavazan is a unique example of the fascinating architectural excellence of the country.

A school established in the 10th century was founded in Tatev. Here pupils were taught humanitarian science and illustrated manuscripts.

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