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 Yereruyk Temple or St. Karapet (Forerunner) Church of Yereruyk was built in the 4th-5th centuries and has some features peculiar to antiquity. It is located near the village of Anipemza in the marz of Shirak. On the southern wall of the temple, the Greek inscription reads the following words of Psalm 93: "Holiness befits your house, O Lord, for endless days."