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Kobayr Monastery

Kobayr Monastery

Kobayr Monastery is an ancient Armenian monastery complex located in the historical region of Kobair, in southeastern Armenia. The monastery was founded in the 7th century, and its construction continued over many centuries.

The main church of the monastery is the Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Cross) Church, which was built in the 7th century. This church is renowned for its beautiful architecture and unique decorative elements, such as exquisite stone carving and frescoes.

It was built in 1171 by the daughter of King Kyurike II – Mariam. The main church consists of a single-story hall, the main altar of which has five windows arranged in two rows. The eastern wall stands out for its size and magnificent decorations. Kobayr Monastery is famous for its frescoes, which adorn the main church, chapel, porch, and bell tower.

Over the centuries, Kobayr Monastery has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. However, it continued to remain an important center of Armenian culture and religion, attracting monks, pilgrims, and tourists from various parts of the world.

One of the key events in the history of the monastery was its restoration in the 19th century when its architectural integrity was restored, and the monks’ residential quarters were renovated.

Today, Kobayr Monastery continues to attract attention as a place of spiritual practice and meditation, as well as a cultural heritage site and tourist attraction. Its architectural beauty and historical significance make it one of the most visited monasteries in Armenia.

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