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.Make Kobayr Monastery a centerpiece of your Dsegh vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dsegh trip itinerary planner.
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.
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. 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.
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The Kobayr monastery can be reached from the Vanadzor-Alaverdi highway (along the Debed valley floor) by various paths, all rough and for pedestrians only. We have chosen the longer and less...
The Kobayr monastery can be reached from the Vanadzor-Alaverdi highway (along the Debed valley floor) by various paths, all rough and for pedestrians only. We have chosen the longer and less... more »
Amazing place, worth the partially steep climb. Nice little village the path goes through, kids, dogs, ducks, grandmas watching the travelers.
Amazing place, worth the partially steep climb. Nice little village the path goes through, kids, dogs, ducks, grandmas watching the travelers. more »
it was Georgian church named "Lore" there is an old Georgian writing and Orthodox icons on the wall of church
Historical monastery complex of Kobayr located in the Lori province.
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