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Tatev Monastery Complex

Tatev monastery is located on a large basalt plateau near the Tatev village in Syunik Province in southeastern Armenia. 
According to the preserved materials, the monastery was named after Eustache - one of St. Thaddeus’ s disciples.The monastery was founded in the 4th century; in the 5th-8th cc it was an advanced educational center; in the 8th – the residence of Syunik bishopric.
In 895 the monastery became alarmenian cultural center, where Tatev University functioned with the efforts of Hovhan Vorotnetsi and his disciple Grigor Tatevatsi. Matenadaran (repository of manuscripts) of the monastery (10th century) stood until 1911-12, and the preserved 140 manuscripts were sent to Echmiadzin and then to Yerevan Matenadaran. In the composition of the monastery miniature school was very popular. 
In the 10th century a fluctuating obelisk “Gavazan” was built in the center of the park: the only construction, which was preserved after lots of earthquakes. 
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