The Tatev Monastery

April 18, 2019

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Photographer: Sarah Connery
Summary Author: Sarah Connery 

The photo above shows the Tatev Monastery in Armenia. This 9th-century Apostolic monastery resides on a vast basalt plateau near the village of Tatev in the Syunik Province. Named to honor St. Eustathius, a disciple of the Apostle Thaddeus, it's situated on a high cliff that overlooks the Vorotan River. Being the religious center as well as the political center of Syunik Principality, it needed to be protected from invaders. It's remote and extremely difficult to reach location of course made it easier to defend and is one reason this stronghold is still standing today. Photo taken on May 24, 2018.