Tegher Monastery is in the village with the same name, which is located on the southern slope of Mount Aragats at an altitude of 1650m. above sea level. This is a semi-deserted village, residents of which live here only during the warm season.
The monastery complex, consisting of the church and the porch, was built in the first half of the 13th century under the auspices of Mamakhatun – wife of Prince Vache Vachutyan. Of particular interest is the architectural fad of the monastery: there are two small chapels built in the southwestern and northwestern sides.
The main church of the monastery is St. Mary Astvatsatsin (Virgin Mary), like a domed hall, built of dark grey basalt in 1213. In 1221, a porch was attached to it. Thanks to the peculiar structure, the porch of Tegher Monastery occupies a special place in Armenian architecture. The author of the monastic complex, according to the inscription on a pillar of the porch, was a priest, vardapet Aghbayrik.
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