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Tsakhats Kar Monastery

Tsakhats Kar Monastery
Ցախաց քար Վանք
Tsakhats Kar Monastery
Tsakhats Kar Monastery is located in Armenia
Tsakhats Kar Monastery
Shown within Armenia
Basic information
Location Between the villages of Yeghegis and Horbategh, Vayots Dzor Province,  Armenia
Geographic coordinates
Affiliation Armenian Apostolic Church
Architectural description
Architectural style Armenian
Completed 10th century
Saint Hovhannes church c. 989
Saint Karapet church 10th century
Dome(s) 1 still standing

Tsakhats Kar Monastery (Armenian: Ցախաց 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 Tsakhats 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.




  • Brady Kiesling, Rediscovering Armenia, p. 93, 94; original archived at, and current version online on
  • Kiesling, Brady (2005), Rediscovering Armenia: Guide,  

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  • Tsakhats Kar Monastery (Article written in Armenian)
  • Tsakhats Kar Monastery
  • Tsaghats Kar Monastery Complex

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