Tsakhats kar is located 2km north from Yeghegis village, on the south mountain slope of Vardenis plateau, 2080m above sea level. The monastic complex consists of two groups of structures, Eastern and Western, 200m away from each other. The Eastern group consists of St. Karapet and St. Nshan Churches, which were built in 1041.
The Western group of structures occupies a large space with two additional churches, porches, court, gateway-corridor, fruit and nut oil pressing facility and many other structures, some of which were only discovered during recent year’s excavations. A large medieval settlement extends over these structures occupying several hectares. St. Virgin Church is the main building of the group. It has two entrances from the west and south. Its architectural style is similar to other 9-10th century structures of Syunik Province. The Tsakhats kar complex also contains St. Hovhannes church built in 10th century, maintained today in dilapidated condition. Tsakhats Kar was one of the remarkable cultural and spiritual centers of medieval Armenia. It was one of high chairs of Syunik Province together with Tatev Monastery and Noravanq. Tsakhats Kar was also the center of handwriting otherwise known as a religious manuscript scriptorium. In 14-15th centuries many manuscripts were copied here.