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23 holy places that promise a connection with nature

March 24, 2014, 1:53 p.m.
Tatev Monastery

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Tatev Monastery

Built in the 9th century on the edge of the Vorotan River gorge in the Syunik Province of Armenia, Tatev has endured destruction by invading conquerors and hostile neighbors over hundreds of years. According to local legend, an apprentice climbed atop the main church and was so surprised to be seen by his master that he fell, asking God to give him wings. Visitors can access the monastery via the longest-running reversible cable car (seriously, it's a record-breaker).