Throughout centuries, Armenian monasteries have played a great role in the spiritual, cultural and political life of the Armenian people. These holy sites are recognized not only as centers of prayer, but also as scriptoriums where numerous works and translations were scripted, hand-copied and passed on to generations to come. Many of the church complexes represent magnificent and inimitable samples of the Armenian ancient and medieval architecture.
The Church of the Holy Apostles in the city of Kars was founded in 940s, during the reign of Armenian king Abas Bagratuni. The church building is intact to this day but is converted into a mosque. Bazenits Monastery was situated in the Vaspurakan province of Greater Armenia and was built or reconstructed in the 15th century. Some manuscripts created in this monastery have reached our days.