In this small country that is not recognized by many countries, the scenery of Goris is more original and natural, which is refreshing and lingering. The monastery in the mountains is more meaningful and worth a visit.
We drove to the mountain gondola station of Tater Church, the third sightseeing spot today. Use cash to buy 5000AMD round-trip cable car tickets (equivalent to about 70 yuan), this price is really not cheap. A publicity sign was erected in front of the cable car station, telling visitors to enter the mountain to the Tater Church. The distance is 16 kilometers. If it takes 40 minutes to drive, it takes 12 minutes to take the cable car. This kind of comparison makes people feel that buying tickets is worth the money. On the way to the church across the top of the mountain by the upper van, we saw the winding road into the mountain under our feet, and felt that it was definitely a wise choice not to drive in.
The cable car arrived at the upper station and got off the cable car. According to the guide introduced by netizens, we did not go to the monastery first, but walked for about 20 minutes one way, bypassing a valley and looking at this mountain cliff from another hillside viewing platform. Monastery. From a macro point of view, this monastery located in the deep mountain valley on the cliff is indeed very charming. It is backed by the green hills and faces the valley cliffs, standing majestically and uniquely. The villages in this mountainous area are also very elegantly scattered on the hillside, which also gives this monastery a life value. According to the information, this monastery was originally built in the 9th century, when Tatev was the center of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activities in ancient Armenia. Later in the 11th century, about 1,000 monks were practicing here.
After looking at the macro view, we returned to the monastery under the scorching sun and entered the interior to visit. Part of the entire monastery is being repaired, and the scaffolding has greatly affected the photo effect. Walking into the monastery and seeing the tall church is very magnificent, especially the exquisite carvings of the stone pillars at the entrance. This is the first time I have seen a similar monastery. It was damaged by a major earthquake in 1931. There are photos of that year in the showroom, and there is an earthquake pillar in the courtyard that survived that year. In this church, the priest is also blessing tourists and believers. People worship here as much as the cathedral in the city. There are many interconnected rooms around the courtyard of this monastery. Although these rooms are empty, they are facing the cliff and from the windows or platforms you can see the scenery of the valley and the opposite slope. This monastery was also a famous university at the time. In the 13-14th century, Tatev Monastery University became one of the most important universities in Armenia in the Middle Ages. It is said that in that era, the schooling standards of Tatev Monastery University were unprecedentedly high in Armenia. Therefore, Grigor Tatevatsi, the most important scholar at the time, was cultivated here, and the tomb of Grigor Tatevats is still in the monastery today, with his sarcophagus in the courtyard. Until the 15th century, Tatev University still made significant contributions to the advancement of science, religion, philosophy, and books in Armenia.
To end the tour here, we took the longest cable car in the world and left this monastery, which is hidden in the mountains and has a long history and university nature. Our next destination is Shushi in the Naka Republic. This so-called independent country that is not recognized by the international community is mostly Armenians, but the territory is Azerbaijani territory.
Go to Tatev Monastery University. The scenery along the way is beautiful, and the green eyes are refreshing. After nearly 3 hours of bumps, I finally arrived at this most famous monastery. This monastery built on a cliff needs to be reached by cable car. The 12-minute straight round-trip cable car holds the Guinness World Record. The beautiful scenery is unobstructed when taking the aerial tramway. This monastery, built in the 9th century, is the largest in the surrounding area. Due to the remote location, it is the only building that has not suffered any damage. The monastery is also a university with exactly the same functions as the Kairouan Mosque in Fez. From historical records, many celebrities have studied here. The ticket price of Dh5,000 for the cable car visit is by far the highest. In order to control the number of people, it is not easy to come and go. Only when you buy tickets are you informed of the specific time to board the cable car. It is recommended to arrive in the evening, the afterglow scenery of the sunset is more charming. The last time is 19:40.
The Tatev Monastery was built in the 9th century. It is a bishop called Syunik built on the edge of the valley. Tatev was the economic, political center and spiritual and cultural activities of ancient Armenia during that period. The main buildings of Tatev Monastery are STS Paul and Peter Church, St. Mary’s Church, and St. Gregory’s Church. In the 11th century, there were about 1,000 monks practicing here. In the 13-14th century, the Tatev Monastery University was one of the most important universities in Armenia in the Middle Ages. Tatev Monastery University has three departments: Armenian and foreign studies of the Bible, Biblical art, and music studies. These three departments include humanities and social sciences, studies of philosophy, rituals, grammar, literature, history, book art design, miniature painting and, Mural painting, ancient music and musicology. At that time, the standards of Tatev Monastery University were unprecedentedly high in Armenia. Therefore, Grigor Tatevatsi, the most important scholar at the time, was cultivated here, and the tomb of Grigor Tatevats is still in the monastery. In the 14th century, Tatev University was the main cultural center of Armenia. Until the 15th century, Tatev University still made significant contributions to the advancement of science, religion, philosophy, and books in Armenia.
It’s so beautiful, and there is a mysterious religious color here.