The 9th century Monastery of Tatev is located on a large plateau in south-eastern Armenia. The monastic ensemble stands on the edge of a 1600 meters deep gorge and can be accessed by the longest aerial tramway in the world (5,7 kilometres). The monastery played a significant role in the history of the region as a centre of economic, political, spiritual and cultural activity. In the 14th and 15th centuries Tatev Monastery hosted one of the most important Armenian medieval universities housing 600 monks, philosophers, painters, musicians and others. Tatev monastery was seriously damaged after an earthquake in 1931, but has been rebuilt since.