Shahmourad (Shkhmurad or Getetakht) monastery complex, hidden in Tavush forests, was built in XIII century. It is located in Verin Tsakhkavan village of Tavush province. The Varagajur River flows on the lower part of the monastery. The monastery complex was surrounded by an enclosure and monk cells that are now destroyed. Shahmourad monastery complex consists of a church, a chapel and two narthexes. There is a cemetery named after Shahmourad not far from the eastern side of the monastery.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Shahmourad Monastery by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Shahmourad Monastery the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Shahmourad Monastery depends on the weather conditions.
Shahmurad monastery was a cultural and educational center for the population of villages near the Varagajur River. It also considered being a famous place of pilgrimage.
Many medieval records, whole and broken khachkars are kept in the monastery.
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