Monastery of Tsar

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Monastery of Tsar
AffiliationArmenian Apostolic Church
LocationZar, Azerbaijan
Monastery of Tsar is located in Azerbaijan
Monastery of Tsar
Shown within Azerbaijan
Monastery of Tsar is located in Republic of Artsakh
Monastery of Tsar
Monastery of Tsar (Republic of Artsakh)
Geographic coordinates40°00′19″N 45°57′08″E / 40.00528°N 45.95222°E / 40.00528; 45.95222Coordinates: 40°00′19″N 45°57′08″E / 40.00528°N 45.95222°E / 40.00528; 45.95222
TypeMonastery, Church

The Monastery of Tsar or Tsara Surb Astvatsatsin (Armenian: Ծարա Սուրբ Աստվածածին), also known as the Holy Mother of God Church (Armenian: Սուրբ Աստվածածին եկեղեցի, romanizedSurb Astvatsatsin Yekeghetsi), was an Armenian Apostolic monastery located in the village of Zar (Tsar) in the Kalbajar District in Azerbaijan. It was built in 1301 in the Principality of Khachen. It was destroyed by Azeri authorities during the Soviet era. The monastery was blown up, two 13th-century chapels were razed. The elaborately engraved stones of the church were used to build storehouses, and are now visible in the foundations of barns built by the Azeris.[1]


  1. ^ Boris Baratov, 1998: A Journey to Karabagh: Paradise Laid Waste ISBN 9785900227047

Further reading[edit]

  • Samvel Karapetyan, 2001: Armenian Cultural Monuments in the Region of Karabakh. "Gitutiun" Publishing House of NAS RA