Kobayr Monastery
Kobayr Monastery
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Brun066
By Brun066
Both the monastery and the site where it stands should not be overlooked by the traveler.
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2021
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 inclined one, starìing from the highway about 1 km. south of the monastery (the path is signposted at the beginning) and reaching the ruins via a pleasant, fairly shady path (which is a notable advantage in summer). Arriving at the monastery, the amazing site where it stands is gradually detected: a concave cliff overlooking the ruins, wich seems wanting to swallow them. Through a last, steep climb you reach the monastery. What is perhaps the main reason of interest of the site, the frescoes in the apse of the main church, depicting Christ with the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church, is currently (2021) poorly visible because it is covered by a scaffolding. On the other hand, restoration is essential, because the collapse of the vault exposes the frescoes to the elements. Also given the relative proximity of Kobayr to the historical territory of Georgia, it is not surprising that the monastery - founded at the end of the 12th century - was in the possession of the Zakarians, a noble Armenian family but vassal of the Georgia kings, in the following century. This explains the jurisdiction over the monastery exercised for a while by the Orthodox Church of Georgia, and the writing in the Georgian alphabet clearly visible on some slabs outside of the left side of the church. The best preserved part of the complex is the huge belfry, from the late 13th century, to which you can ascend, enjoying a beautiful view over the Debed valley. Overall, both the monastery and the site where it stands should not be overlooked by the traveler.

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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,000 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
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 inclined one, starìing from the highway about 1 km. south of the monastery (the path is signposted at the beginning) and reaching the ruins via a pleasant, fairly shady path (which is a notable advantage in summer).
Arriving at the monastery, the amazing site where it stands is gradually detected: a concave cliff overlooking the ruins, wich seems wanting to swallow them. Through a last, steep climb you reach the monastery.
What is perhaps the main reason of interest of the site, the frescoes in the apse of the main church, depicting Christ with the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church, is currently (2021) poorly visible because it is covered by a scaffolding. On the other hand, restoration is essential, because the collapse of the vault exposes the frescoes to the elements.
Also given the relative proximity of Kobayr to the historical territory of Georgia, it is not surprising that the monastery - founded at the end of the 12th century - was in the possession of the Zakarians, a noble Armenian family but vassal of the Georgia kings, in the following century. This explains the jurisdiction over the monastery exercised for a while by the Orthodox Church of Georgia, and the writing in the Georgian alphabet clearly visible on some slabs outside of the left side of the church.
The best preserved part of the complex is the huge belfry, from the late 13th century, to which you can ascend, enjoying a beautiful view over the Debed valley.
Overall, both the monastery and the site where it stands should not be overlooked by the traveler.
Written 20 October 2021
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Zufi
Armenia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Amazing place, worth the partially steep climb. Nice little village the path goes through, kids, dogs, ducks, grandmas watching the travelers.
Written 8 August 2021
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Janapar
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
The frescoes, the carvings, the views. It's an amazing spot to visit. The walk up to the monastery is a small hurdle that's worthy of the rewards.
Written 27 April 2021
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ffrige
shanghai457 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
You'll definitely miss it if you don't have gps. There's no paved road leading up to it, you can either park on the side of the main road or drive up a bit until you reach the railway; from there continue on foot hiking through the houses and the pigs. A fun adventure for sure.
Written 23 February 2019
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Justin W
Canberra, Australia391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
It is a steep 15-20 minute climb from the road. Its currently being restored and the frescoes are preserved with a temporary roof over them. Its a nice spot to visit as the tour buses don't come here.
Written 9 July 2018
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RitaKalindjian
Bikfaya, Lebanon133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
After a difficult uphill, you will discover one of my favorite monasteries in Armenia. The view of the valley, on the way up is amazing
Written 2 July 2018
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David S
York, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
A mixture of churches of varying ages dating back to the C10th. Wonderful carved porch and ancient frescoes in the interior. The site, up a steep hill, provides a panoramic view of the Debden valley.
Written 13 November 2017
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ke0ghp
Canberra, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
This is a nice well preserved (in process of being restored)monestary and well worth the trip.HistoBit of a teep climb so wear suitable shoes
Written 26 September 2017
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saroohanyan
Alaverdi, Armenia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Tsaghkashat is a village in Lori province, located on the slope of Srblis mountain; the village is surrounded with forests and and is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful places in Armenia. Mining water spring plenty of fruit trees and bushes of berries are spread around the village, which can be used by the visitors in free of charge. As the road to Tsaghcashat is currently in bad condition till now few people've known about the village or gone there, but from this year hiking and horseback riding tours are organised between Haghpat and Tsaghkashat by local guides who know english and other foreign languages.
Written 14 June 2017
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Albert A
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
One of interesting places in Lori. You can get to it only on foot.It is not far from of road but you have to overcome steep height , part of them by steps.If you have foot ache or heart problems I wouldn't advice you to try climb up to the monastery
Written 11 April 2017
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