It was once a beacon of light for an entire country, home to 500 monks, a seat of learning and spiritual fulfilment.
Little remains of the glorious past of the 9th century Tatev Monastery in southern Armenia. But that could soon change thanks to an ambitious restoration project.
During the Middle Ages, Tatev was one of the country’s most important spiritual centres. The university created in the 14th century excelled in scientific, literary, and religious studies.
At its height, Tatev was at the forefront of education. Philosophers, theologians, musicians and artists, the greatest Armenian thinkers of the day would congregate at the university.
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