The monastery is located in the Lori Province on a hillside overlooking the village of Kober. It takes only 15 minutes to reach the village through a steep, narrow path. The construction began in 1171 by the order of the junior members of the Bagratunis royal family, who ruled over Lori.

Later, the monastery was acquired by the Zakarian family, who adhered to the Georgian Orthodox Church. The murals date back to these times and reflect the impact of the Chalcedonian Creed. Prince Shahnshah Zakarian is buried here. In 1279, a bell tower was erected in the middle of the complex to house the tombs of Mkhargryel Zakarian and his wife Vaneni.

The church contains frescoes of Christ and the twelve apostles as well as the Church Fathers and other saints and martyrs.