The Kobayr monastery belongs to a number of remarkable monastery complexes of medieval times, the history of which is closely connected with activities of famous medieval Armenian feudal houses – Kyurikid’s, Bagratid’s and others. It was one of the most important seats of the written language and cultural centers of Armenia.
The monastery is situated in the southwestern part of Kobayr railway station road (Lori district, near the town of Tumanyan) on the high slopes of Debet ravine. There are uncommonly harmonic combinations of the complex with surrounding picturesque nature and which make the panorama of the monastery exceptionally impressive. The essential part of the complex consists of three churches, belfry-burial vaults, refectory, chapels, khachkars and remainders of walls of the fortress.