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The monastery of Tatev is situated high on the side of the Vorotan gorge, here, at 850 metres deep, the biggest gorge in Armenia. The monastic buildings are protected on two sides by precipitous ravines and on the other two sides by defensive walls. The buildings of Tatev itself date from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries and the monastery of Tatevi Anapat, on the bottom of the valley, dates to the seventeenth century. This area of the Vorotan Valley is of considerable geological interest.