From today, Hakopavank has an abbot of the Monastery
One of the historical and cultural treasures of Artsakh, Hakovank, is a monastery complex, which was founded in the 5th-7th centuries. The oldest pedestal of an armenian khachkar (853) was found within the walls of the monastery.
“A village under the forest, a monastery above the forest”: this is how the area where the ancient Armenian shrine is located is described. Hakovank is located on a wooded mountainside, 1.5 km north of the village of Kolatak, Martakert region.
Hakobavank was restored for the last time in the 18th century, and since the end of the 19th century it has not been operating. Today the monastery complex needs both physical and spiritual restoration. Work is underway to begin the process of restoring the monastery. And in order to revive the spiritual life, to light the «extinguished lamp» of the monastery, on May 9, the pastor of the Church of St. John the Baptist in the city of Martakert, Father Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, was appointed abbot of the Hakovank monastery. With God's blessing, the presence of the newly appointed abbot will blossom the ancient Armenian sanctuary.