The Yerits Mankants Monastery is a brilliant example of medieval Armenian church construction. Built in 1691, it is located in the Martakert region, 7 km from the historic Jraberd, on the left bank of the Trghi River. Near the church is the almost uninhabited village called Khstorashen (Khokhomashen).

The monastery of Yerits Mankants was the residence of the Catholicos of Aghvan. According to the preserved records, the church of the monastery was built by the Melik-Israelans.

The church was built by the architect Sargis with the help of Catholicos Simeon and his brother Reverend Ignatius, whose testimony is the inscription summarizing the name of the architect: “Remember Sargis, the builder and master of my church, in Christ”.

In the records kept in the church, it was mentioned that the church had a school, living rooms, under which were cellars, used as storage and hiding places. Many of the halls have collapsed, but the rest, which were used in the not so distant past, are still standing. The numerous halls, monks’ residences, rooms with their fireplaces preserved on the territory of the monastery speak of the number of the congregation of the monastery of Yerits Mankants.

It is said that the Yerits Mankants Monastery is named after the three Armenian children from the Old Testament, who were thrown into the fire by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar for refusing to bow down to the idol. The Armenian children were saved by the Archangel Michael and came out of hell unscathed.

During the war, Armenian children were killed by foreign tyrants. During the transportation by camel, the camel choked on the way and could not leave. At that time, they decided to bury the children on the territory of the monastery. This is where the name Yerits Mankants comes from. The gravestones of the murdered children are preserved to this day.

In one of the church registers, the following mention about the Yerits Mankants monastery is also remarkable. “We have completed our work thanks to and with the help of God-loving and merciful people. The honorary titles of the holy prophet Daniel and the three holy children, who are placed here, do great miracles. Here it was built for our salvation, for the forgiveness of our many sins, for our spiritual and carnal relatives, as well as for all the workers; Remember us and the faithful of the monastery in your holy prayers.”