Diocese of Tavush

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Diocese of Tavush

Տավուշի թեմ
TerritoryTavush Province
- Total
(as of 2011)
DenominationArmenian Apostolic Church
RiteArmenian Rite
Established10 December 2010
CathedralSurp Nerses Cathedral, Ijevan
Current leadership
PatriarchKarekin II
PrimateBishop Bagrat Galstanyan
Official web

Diocese of Tavush (Armenian: Տավուշի թեմ T'avushi t'em), is one of the newest dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Church covering the Tavush Province of Armenia. The diocesan headquarters are located in the town of Ijevan. The seat of the bishop is the Surp Nerses Cathedral of Ijevan which was consecrated in 1998.[1]

The diocese was established in 2010, when it was separated from the Diocese of Gougark.[2] The prelacy building is located on the Yerevanian Street in the town of Ijevan, on the left bank of Aghstev river.


The primate of the diocese is bishop Bagrat Galstanyan who is in service since June 2015. The diocese has 3 priests who serve the area serving the 31 acting places of worship within the Tavush Province.[3]

The diocese has the following departments:[4]

  • Administration
  • Christian education centre
  • Media
  • Youth centre
  • Social
  • Economy

Active churches[edit]

As of 2016, the diocese has 17 churches, 3 monasteries and 9 chapels acting under its jurisdiction.[5]




  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Ijevan, 1998
  • Surp Hovhannes Chapel, Ijevan, 2002
  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Sarigyugh, 2004
  • Saint Anna Chapel, Bagratashen, 2004
  • Holy Cross Chapel, Sevkar, 2005
  • Saint Vartan Chapel, Aknaghbyur, 2007
  • Surp Hovhannes Chapel, Ayrum, 2009
  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Nerkin Tsaghkavan, 2010
  • Holy Mother of God Chapel, Kirants, 2010

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 Tavush:


  • Archimandrite Torgom Tonikyan (as vicar, 10 December 2010 - 20 May 2012)
  • Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan (20 May 2012 - 20 June 2015)
  • Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan (20 June 2015 - )