Tatev is one of Armenia's oldest and most prominent monasteries and an academic center of unprecedented importance. Because of its architecture, its history and its spectacular natural setting, it is also an invaluable asset with the potential to catalyze tourism development in the region. The Tatev Revival Project aims to combine the monastic and touristic significance of the complex in order to develop the region into an attractive destination nestled in a prospering local community.
Mutually reinforcing components
At the heart of the Tatev Revival project is the world-class restoration and preservation of the Tatev monastic complex, reversing the damage caused by past earthquakes and a flawed Soviet era restoration. But the project will also rekindle Tatev's monastic and scholarly tradition and will foster the development of community-based tourism through a comprehensive strategic approach. The Tatev Revival Project will build tourism infrastructure in Tatev's surroundings, including the Wings of Tatev, the world's longest passenger aerial tramway and a tourism attraction in its own right. A new hotel across the river gorge from Tatev, near the first station of the tramway, will turn the area into a jumping-off point for overnight visitors. And a reconstructed road network will unlock the natural and cultural secrets of the river valley. Community-based tourism development such as bed and breakfasts, local cuisine revival, nature trails and participatory museums will extend tourist stays and create livelihoods for local communities.
- To revive Tatev as a world-class cultural asset
- To catalyze breakthrough development in tourism
- To contribute to sustained economic development and job creation
- To demonstrate the potential of public-private partnership as a model to be replicated nationwide
Public-private partnership and sustainability
One of the key features of the Tatev Revival Project is that it showcases a successful public-private partnership model, involving the Government, the Church, private benefactors and commercial businesses. At the core of the project is a financial plan that aims to leverage capital investments in such a way as to make the project self-sustaining. This plan has built-in revenue sources and creates new investment opportunities. Income-generating components, such as a commercially managed hotel, are an integral part of the not-for-profit framework of the project.
By taking a creative and holistic approach, the Tatev Revival Project aims to create a model for sustainable development that can be replicated throughout the country and beyond.