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  • Հակոբավանք
  • Մեծառանից վանք
Hakobavank Monastery in 2015
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
RegionMartakert Province
Location1.5 km from the village of Kolatak
CountryRepublic of Artsakh (de facto)
Azerbaijan (de jure)
Hakobavank is located in Republic of Artsakh
Shown within Republic of Artsakh
Hakobavank is located in Azerbaijan
Hakobavank (Azerbaijan)
Geographic coordinates40°00′56″N 46°36′02″E / 40.0156°N 46.6005°E / 40.0156; 46.6005Coordinates: 40°00′56″N 46°36′02″E / 40.0156°N 46.6005°E / 40.0156; 46.6005
Date established5th-7th centuries
Completed11th-12th centuries

Hakobavank (Armenian: Հակոբավանք, lit.'monastery of Hakob'), also known as Metsaranits Monastery (Armenian: Մեծառանից վանք), is an Armenian monastery, which is situated near the village of Kolatak in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, de facto in the Republic of Artsakh and de jure in Azerbaijan.[1][2][3]


Hakobavank was established in the 5th-7th centuries. It acquired its final form by the 11th-12th centuries. In the 14th century the monastery became the deaconry of the Mets Arank (Metsarants) province. The complex was named after St. Hakob Mtsbnetsi, who professed Christianity in Armenia, and whose relics were kept in the monastery until the 19th century.[1]

There is no information about the date of foundation of the monastery. The oldest inscription, carved on the pedestal of a khachkar (cross-stone), refers to the year of 853. According to the historical chronicles, the monastery buildings were built, rebuilt and reconstructed periodically between the 9th and 18th centuries. One of the manuscripts kept in Matenadaran says that the Metsaranits Church was rebuilt by Khorinshah Zakarian.[2]

A renovation project of the monastery complex commenced in 2022.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Hakobavank Revival". hakobavank.am. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b Natalia Ghukasyan. "Hakobavank Monastery, Kolatak, NKR". building.am. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Hakobavank". savearmenianmonuments.com. Retrieved 4 November 2021.