Kobayr Monastery From the Skies

The Kobayr Monastery is in the region of Lori, and has been the center of a dispute about when it was constructed, some say it was built in the 12th century. Currently, it is in a dilapidated condition but three of the churches, the belltower, crosstones and refectory have been partially preserved.

The etymology of the name Kobayr is debated also. Some speculate it comes from the word “Ayrivank” meaning “man, cave.”

There’s been historical disputes between Armenians and Georgians about the ownership of the monastic complex too.