Tsaghats Kar Monastery

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Tsaghats Kar Monastery
Ցաղաց Քարի վանական համալիրը 01.JPG
Tsaghats Kar Monastery
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
LocationBetween the villages of Yeghegis and Horbategh, Vayots Dzor Province,  Armenia
Tsaghats Kar Monastery is located in Armenia
Tsaghats Kar Monastery
Shown within Armenia
Geographic coordinates39°53′42″N 45°21′25″E / 39.8950°N 45.3569°E / 39.8950; 45.3569Coordinates: 39°53′42″N 45°21′25″E / 39.8950°N 45.3569°E / 39.8950; 45.3569
Completed10th century
Saint Hovhannes church c. 989
Saint Karapet church 10th century
Dome(s)1 still standing

Tsaghats Kar Monastery (Armenian: Ցաղաց քար Վանք) is a monastic complex located along the mountain foothills overlooking the Yeghegis River, between the villages of Yeghegis (6 km northeast) and Horbategh in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. The monastery is located within walking distance of the fortress of Smbataberd.

There are two groups of structures at the site that are separated by a distance of 200 meters (656 feet). The grouping to the west, now half-ruined, was constructed of rough-hewn basalt.

Within the complex of Tsaghats Kar is Surb Hovhannes church built in 989, Surb Karapet church of the 10th century, and many other structures that are in ruins. Saint Karapet is a cupola hall type structure, with a sacristy in each of the four corners. Numerous khachkars may be seen around the monastery as well.

There is a pipe-spring on the right a little after passing the river.




  • Kiesling, Brady (June 2000). Rediscovering Armenia: An Archaeological/Touristic Gazetteer and Map Set for the Historical Monuments of Armenia (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 November 2021.
  • Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide, Yerevan, Armenia: Matit Graphic Design Studio

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