Noratus Cemetery, Noratus

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Marvel at the age and design of the ancient tombstones at Noratus Cemetery, a historic early Middle Ages cemetery with the largest cluster of khachkars in the country. With over 800 steles with elaborately carved crosses, scenes of farm life, weddings, figures with professional insignia dating from the 9th to the 17th centuries, the cemetery is a majestic site set against a backdrop of snow-clad mountains in the distance. Today dotted with orange lichens, the tombstones, steles, and stones are all different one from another, testifying to the originality of their creators. Plan to visit Noratus Cemetery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Noratus attractions using our Noratus family vacation planner.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Place, which is more than 1700 years. Oldest Khachkars here more than 1000. A unique place. Photograph does not become, decided to capture in memory. Still cemetery. Khachkars from ancient to modern and neither does not happen again! None. Family and single graves of soldiers and civilians. It destroyed repeatedly and Persians in the 14 century and Tamerlane in 15, but the stones-the keepers of history. And those where no raise just crosses, carved the history of their lives and circumstances of death. Pictures everyone can try to decipher. True, there are interpretations. But who is right? Now the oldest khachkar dated to the 5th century AD. The majority of the khachkars refers to the 13th-17th centuries. Right on cemetery old women we have been offered knitted hats and socks. Pretty interesting related, but a place to trade too unusual. Left with compressed heart ... The current cemetery. The old part is guarded. The aura of grief and soared over this place and endless memory. ...
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  • July 25, 2017
    Awesome old cemetery with a small central Chapel in which everything around there are thousands of headstones, including very are engraved with representations related to the Christian cult of the dead. Search among the tombstones the most interesting, is an experience find symbols and ancestral figures. You will be greeted by friendly and smiling, not at all pushy, old ladies offering you wool socks from their manufactured and will accompany you in seeking the most beautiful gravestones. Unique and worth a try!
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  • July 18, 2017
    Since the previously largest cemetery was destroyed, Noratus now hlds the title. There are ancient ones, more recent ones, and even a walking trail. At the stand across from the entrance are laminated...  more »
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  • May 15, 2017
    Very interesting cemetery, and especially with a guide for historical context
  • July 8, 2016
    A place full of khachkars, literally meaning "cross stones". It is the biggest khachkar-occupied territory in Armenia! They are very beautiful! Every one of them is unique. All of them are delicate, covered with cute ornaments. You can walk to Daputs monastery which is close to it. You must visit this place if you are travelling in Armenia!
  • April 12, 2017
    An amazing place where locals nearby villages looked share the interpretation of images on stone gravestones. Very fine work!
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  • January 24, 2016
    僅次於Jolfa的最大規模的亞美尼亞十字石集合地,可惜Jolfa的全部被阿塞拜疆人毀了。
  • June 16, 2016
    Beautiful typical cemetery. a lot of khachkar, very pretty.
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