Tegher (Dgher) monastery complex

Aragatzotn
XIII c.

The Tegher monastery complex of the 13th century is located in the Tegher village of the Aragatzotn district. The vaulted church and the bell-tower are part of the monastery. According to the inscription the church was built by Mamakhatun (wife of king Vache Vachutyan), and by the architect Aghbayrik. The monastery is located on top of a small hill and is made of dark grey bazalt. To the west of the monastery, attached is a bell-tower with a size larger than that of the church. Original and unique is the north-western and south-western corners of the bell-tower’s roof with its vaulted altars. Those altars are in memorium of those who passed away, and who were buried in the bell-tower.

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The Tegher village was well-known because of its plentyful healing herbs, grown on its territory, and that’s the reason for its name «Tegher» (degher - medicine).


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