Churches and Monasteries
Kecharis is a beautiful monastery in the the famed ski town of Tsaghkadzor.
Dated around the 11th-13th centuries, Kecharis is the name of a beautiful monastery in the the famed ski town of Tsaghkadzor. Kecharis was founded by a Pahlavuni prince in the 11th century, and construction continued until the middle of the 13th century. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Kecharis was a major religious center of Armenia and a place of higher education. Today, the monastery has been fully restored and is clearly visible from the ski slopes.
The main church of St. Gregory dates to 1003, with a gavit added in the 12th century. The four-column gavit was the first of its kind, and was quickly adopted in Armenian architecture. The small domed church of Harutyun, built in 1220, lies nearby with its own original gavit. One of the architects of the complex – Vetsik – is memorialized by a beautiful khachkar on the eastern side of the complex.