Diocese of Kotayk

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Diocese of Kotayk

Կոտայքի թեմ
- Total
(as of 2011)
DenominationArmenian Apostolic Church
RiteArmenian Rite
CathedralKecharis Monastery, Tsaghkadzor
Current leadership
PatriarchKarekin II
PrimateArchbishop Arakel Karamyan
Official website

Diocese of Kotayk (Armenian: Կոտայքի թեմ Kotayki t'em), is a diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church covering the Kotayk Province of Armenia. The name is derived from the historic Kotayk canton of Ayrarat province of Armenia Major.

The diocese was officially founded on May 30, 1996, upon a kontakion issued by Catholicos Karekin I. The diocesan headquarters are located in the provincial capital Hrazdan, while the cathedral of the diocese is the Kecharis Monastery in the nearby town of Tsaghkadzor.[1]


The Diocese of Kotayk is considered the successor of the historic Diocese of Bjni founded by Catholicos Peter I in 1031. Bjni was one of the largest dioceses of medieval Armenia. The bishop of Bjni was one of 4 bishops that possessed a special privilege in the election of the Catholicos of All Armenians, others being the bishops of Syunik, Haghpat and Artaz.[2]

The Diocese of Bjni has been intact until the mid 18th century.

Active churches[edit]

Here is the list of churches, monasteries and chapels functioning under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Kotayk, along with their location and year of consecration:


  • Surp Kiraki Church, Arzni, 6th century
  • Surp Sarkis Church, Bjni, 7th century
  • Surp Hovhannes Church, Alapars, 7th century
  • Surp Vartan Zoravar Church, Alapars, 901
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Bjni, 1031
  • Mashtots Hayrapet Church, Garni, 12th century
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Yeghvard, 1301
  • Kaptavank Church, Kaputan, 1349
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Garni, 17th century
  • Surp Stepanos Church, Abovyan, 1851
  • Surp Karapet Church, Akunk, 1855
  • Holy Cross Church, Hrazdan, 1861
  • Surp Hakob Church, Aramus, 1863
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Fantan, 19th century
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Solak, 19th century
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Meghradzor, 1881
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Hrazdan, 1883
  • Saint George's Church, Argel, 1890
  • Surp Hovhannes Church, Arinj, 1890
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Jrvezh, 1891
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Alapars, 1897
  • Holy Saviour's Church, Charentsavan, 2000
  • Surp Harutyun Church, Nurnus, 2001
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Arinj, 2002
  • Holy Martyrs Church, Teghenik, 2003
  • Tukh Manuk Church, Hrazdan, 2003
  • Saint John the Baptist Church, Abovyan, 2013
  • Saint George's Church, Hrazdan, 2013
  • Holy Saviour's Church, Nor Hachn, 2015
  • Holy Cross Church, Garni, 2015
  • Surp Sarkis Church, Yeghvard, 2017


  • Geghard Monastery near Goght, 4th century, with the Katoghike Chapel dating back to 1215
  • Dzagavank Monastery near Getargel, consisted of 2 churches: Surp Nshan Church of the 7the century, and the belfry chapel of the 14th century
  • Makravank Monastery, Hrazdan, consisted of 2 churches: the Holy Saviour's Church of the 10th century and the Holy Mother of God Church of the 13th century
  • Kecharis Monastery, Tsaghkadzor, consisted of 3 churches and 2 chapels: Saint Grigor Church of 1013, Surp Nshan Church of the 11th century, Katoghike Church of the 13th century, Chapel of Saint Grigor of the 11th century, and the Chapel of Surp Harutyun of 1220


  • Tsaghkevank Chapel, Teghenik, 7-8th centuries
  • Karmravor Chapel, Arinj, 13th century
  • Tukh Manuk Chapel, Arinj, 13th century
  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Aramus, 13-14th centuries
  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Arinj, 15th century
  • Tukh Manuk Chapel, Alapars, 19th century
  • Surp Karapet Chapel, Arinj, 20th century
  • Blue Cross Chapel, Hrazdan, 1996
  • Saint Barbara's Chapel, Balahovit, 1999
  • Saint Vartan Chapel, Byureghavan, 2000
  • Holy Cross Chapel, Ptghni, 2005
  • Surp Narek Chapel, Kotayk, 2006
  • Saint Gregory Chapel, Zar, 2008
  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Dzoraghbyur, 2010
  • Tukh Manuk Chapel, Argel, 2013

Inactive/ruined churches and monasteries[edit]

This is an incomplete list of inactive or ruined churches and monasteries in the territory regulated by the Diocese of Kotayk:

  • Yeghvard Basilica, Yeghvard, 4th century
  • Khumarazham Church, Garni, 4-5th centuries
  • Kakavadzor Upper Chapel, Hrazdan, 4-7th centuries
  • Surp Nshan Tsiranavor Church, Aramus, 6th century
  • Ptghnavank Monastery, Ptghni, 6-7th centuries
  • Monastery of the Apostles Matthew and Andrew, Karenis, 6-7th centuries
  • Artavaz Monastery, Artavaz, 6-7th centuries
  • Teghenyats Monastery, Buzhakan, 6-7th centuries
  • Gharghavank Church, Zoravan, 7th century
  • Saint George's Monastery near Argel, 7th century
  • Holy Zion Church, Garni, 7th century
  • Mayravank Monastery, Solak, 7-11th century
  • Holy Cross Church, Bjni, 9th century
  • Surp Stepanos Church of Aghbyurak, Hrazdan, 10-12th centuries
  • Neghuts Monastery, Arzakan, 10-13th centuries
  • Holy Right Monastery, Hrazdan, 10-14th centuries
  • Tejharuyk Monastery, Meghradzor, 1199
  • Monastery of Saints Paul and Peter, Akunk, 12-13th centuries
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Garni, 12-13th centuries
  • Chorut Monastery, Arzakan, 1207
  • Zoravan Church, Zoravan, 13th century
  • Saint George's Church, Bjni, 13th century
  • Saint George's Church, Arzakan, 13-14th century
  • Kakavadzor Chapel, Hrazdan, 18-19th centuries
  • Surp Karapet Church of Jrarat, Hrazdan, 1831
  • Surp Stepanos Church, Arzakan, 1867
  • Holy Mother of God Church, Goght, 19th century


  1. ^ "The Armenian Church - Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin".
  2. ^ "Կոտայքի թեմ - Հայաստանյայց Առաքելական Սուրբ Եկեղեցի Կոտայքի Թեմ". Archived from the original on 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-02-16.

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