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 monastery is located near the town of Yeghvard in Kotayk region of Armenia. It was built in the 7th century by Armenian Prince Grigor Mamikonyan. In medieval Armenia, this monastery was a center of manuscript copying. In 1638 the Turkish army burned the monastery. In 1735, the battle of Turkish and Persian troops that took place in that territory destroyed St. Theodoros, and it was abandoned.