Kobayr monastery

Coordinates: 41°00′18″N 44°38′06″E / 41.005061°N 44.635086°E / 41.005061; 44.635086
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Kobayr monastery
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
Locationnear Tumanyan, Lori Province,
Armenia Armenia
Kobayr monastery is located in Armenia
Kobayr monastery
Shown within Armenia
Geographic coordinates41°00′18″N 44°38′06″E / 41.005061°N 44.635086°E / 41.005061; 44.635086

Kobayr (Armenian: Քոբայր) is a 12th-century Armenian monastery located in the village Kobayr, directly across the road from the town of Tumanyan, within Lori marz, Armenia.

The monastery was built on a brink of a deep gorge, in 1171, by the Kyurikid princes, a junior branch of the Bagratuni royal house of Armenia.

Kobayr was one of the famous spiritual, cultural and literary centers of Northern Armenia in the developed Middle Ages.

In the 13th century, the monastery was acquired by the Zakarians, a noble Armenian dynasty at the service of Georgian royals. The Zakarians converted Kobayr into a Chalcedonian monastery, as a result of which the monastery stayed under the tutelage of the Georgian Orthodox Church for some time. This explains several Georgian inscriptions found on the walls of the monastery, which exist alongside the monastery's original Armenian inscriptions.[1][2] The monastery houses the tomb of Prince Shanshe Zakarian, son of Ivane Zakarian. A bell tower in the middle of the complex was built in 1279 to house the tombs of Zakarian and his wife Vaneni. The monastery is currently undergoing renovation funded by the government of Armenia with the assistance of the government of Italy. The ruins of the main church in the monastery contain frescoes of Christ and the twelve apostles as well as the Church Fathers and other Christian figures.



  1. ^ Академия наук СССР. Институт истории материальной культуры. Сектор Средней Азии / Эпиграфика Востока , Выпуски 13-17 / Изд-во Наука., 1960 p.135
  2. ^ Л.Меликсет-Бек / Кобер и его армянские и грузинские надписи / Известия Тбилисского государственного университета, 1926 г.

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