The monastery is located in the village Tegher on the southern reach of the highest mountain of Armenia, Aragats, in the province of Aragatsotn. This is why this monastery is often visited by hikers, whose final destination is Aragats.
The construction of the monastery started in 1213 and lasted till 1232. The monastery is comprised of two parts, the main church and the gavit.
The main church is called St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God), it is constructed from dark gray basalt (1213).
The gavit adjacent to S. Astvatsatsin was finished in 1221.
One of the most interesting "elements" of this monastery is the existence of two chapels erected on a roof of gavit - a unique style among the churches in Armenia.
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