Tatev is a monastry in the South of Armenia. Actually, it is the place I am named after :) Tatev means "Let God give me wings". It is belived that when one of the churches of the monastry was under construction the workers were not able to reach the height the church was supposed to have, and they desperatly turned to God saying in Armenian "astavts ta tev mez" (astavts -God, ta- let give, tev - wing, mez - to us)! I guess God heard them, and they managed to finsh everything on time :)
It is beleived that the monastery was founded in the 4th – 8th centuries and was built in stages. The monastery itself and the church of St.Peter (surb Petros) and Paul (surb Pogos) were built in the 9th century, while the St. Gregory (surb Grigor) church was built later.
There is a swinging column called “The Mace” in the yard of the monastry, which was erected in the in the 10th century. The Monastery was walled in the 17th century. Secret passages stretching from the high hill down to the valley were also dug at that time to provide an escape in times of attack. Some parts of Tatev were devastated by enemies and earthquakes and later reconstructed. The only structure that has remained intact is the Mace - the swinging column.
In the 13th century the Monastery became an important cultural centre that brought together scientists, theologians and artists. The Tatev School of Miniatures, Tatev Library and Tatev University flourished at this time.
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tigra (2968) 2006-08-20 12:55
Wow!! This place is beautiful, Tatevik!
The composition is good, you may crop it a little.
Thanks for sharing,
worldcitizen (8198) 2006-08-20 13:03
This is a wonderful place that I would never get to see without your photo. :-) This ancient architecture is amazing, and I
like your POV. It seems like you are on a higher mountain, looking down towards the monastery. TFS
mpetrovic (1536) 2006-08-21 17:30
and silly me didn't go to Tatev! seems that there are so many places I have to visit when I come back to beloved armenia =]
nice POV, great great info - keep going like this.
JCG (35129) 2006-08-23 9:29
Magnifique endroit et très bel édifice religieux.
Bonne composition. Il aurait juste fallu la redresser un peu en tirant sur la droite.
marcino (204) 2007-07-01 7:43
Very nice photo, and interesting info. Thanks for shearing pic and information.
- Copyright: Tatevik Davtyan (tatev) (50)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC-W7
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Places to go [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-20 12:50