Amaras Monastery - an early medieval monastery in the southeastern part of Nagorno-Karabakh, was founded at the beginning of the 4th century by St. Gregory the Illuminator. Amaras became most famous in the middle of the 4th century, after the grandson of St. Gregory the Illuminator, Grigoris, was buried here. Grigoris died in 338 and was buried on the eastern side of the church, founded by Gregory the Illuminator. Since the 5th century, Amaras has become one of the largest religious centers of medieval Armenia. In the second half of the XIX century, after the accession of Eastern Armenia to Russia, the Amaras monastery complex, which had rather heavily fortified defenses, was used as a border fortress, and in 1832-1844 as a Russian-Persian customs. In 1992, when Amaras was captured by Azerbaijani troops during the Karabakh war, the tomb of the grandson of Gregory the Illuminator, St. Grigoris, was destroyed. Currently, the monastery is undergoing restoration work.