Tatev Village



October 22, 2012

Dear Friends and Fellow Pilgrims,

 “Arduous” is the way to describe the pilgrimage to the Tatev Monastery.  

The monastery sits on a bluff high above the Vorotan River gorge – the other side of the gorge!   I drove down one side of the gorge on a paved road.  But the circuitous switchback ascent was on a rocky unpaved road from bottom to top.  I was so nervous I had no chance to enjoy the scenery.  Fortunately, in the village of Tatev I found a lovely guest house with a comfortable room. 

Khor Virap and Mount Ararat

Yerevan Armenia October 22, 2012 John Yavroyan New York, New York USA My Dear Friend John, Cc: Friends and Family As I come to the end of my journey in Armenia, I am once again thinking of you and your Armenian ancestors. Just 30k south of Yerevan, I am standing at the Khor Virap Monastery – a site revered by Armenians both here and in the “Diaspora.” The Monastery is reminiscent of other elegant structures I have seen in southern Armenia. The stone work and masonry appear to be strong and resistant to earthquakes. Just inside the entrance gates, visitors pose in front of a large khatchkar – a medieval carved headstone.