Armenia is home to medieval monasteries. One of which includes the famous 9th-century Armenian Apostolic monastery located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia named Tatev Monastery (excerpt from Wikipedia).
How to Get to Tatev Monastery?
Coming from Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, it took us 4 hours by private car to reach Halidzor where we rode the cable car/ aerial tramway popularly known as Wings of Tatev that took us to the monastery.
We purchased the cable car ticket upon arrival but due to a huge volume of tourists, the earliest available schedule we secured was 4pm so we spent 3 hours waiting for our turn.
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Wings of Tatev
We spent our luxurious 3 hours at Wings of Tatev relaxing, enjoying the breathtaking view of the mountains of Halidzor, savoring the delicious Armenian dish served at the restaurant while we wait for our schedule. They got a free (fast) wifi too.
When we checked our ticket, it shows our schedule going back is at 7pm so that means we have 3 hours to spend exploring Tatev Monastery and nearby places.
Even up to now, they hold a mass in the monastery. I was lucky to attend a brief mass held outside the monastery and received a blessing from the priest.
Our experience with Armenian hospitality…
As we wandered outside the Tatev Monastery to see some shops, we came to notice a room filled with people smiling, laughing, dancing, and singing. Curious, we went closer and to our surprise they opened the door for us and invited us in. There was a birthday celebration and we were invited on the spot!
It was this little boy’s birthday!
At 7pm, we took the cable car going back to Wings of Tatev. It was already dark, cold and it started raining. We were worried if we’ll still be able to see our driver again and we cheered when we saw him waiting at the cable car station in the midst of rain and cold, like a father waiting for his children to arrive. From Wings of Tatev, he drove us to our next destination, Kapan.
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