If you are looking for monasteries in scenic locations, Armenia is your place, and Kobayr is a prime example. Kobayr Monastery lays along a trail on the steep slope of a gorge. Nature is reclaiming this 12th-century structure, but for the time being, it makes for a haunting place to visit.
Although part of the monastery has fallen in the gorge, what remains is spectacular, and spectacularly precarious. The first section of the monastery was built in 1171, and several additions and restorations followed. The central section of the monastery was built in 1279 and holy spring water flows through it. Other parts of the complex include three churches, a mausoleum, a refectory, several chapels, and the cloister.
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