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. Noratus Cemetery is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Noratus Edition.
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  • This medieval cemetery covers an area of 70,000 square meters approximately and its importance lies in that is the place of greatest concentration of khachkars (stone crosses being) of the country of Armenia, I make this visit with a charming and informed Guide which gave me all kinds of details, as it is estimated that in this place there are some five hundred khachkars and the most ancient of them date back to the 10th century, still the majority of the 16th and 17TH centuries. These crosses are a great symbolism in their sizes, if you're setting you can appreciate it, but much better is if you get me someone explain when the Sun, the Moon, or the tree of life, everything I find interesting also can see old tombstones carved in which are collected important moments in the life of the person that dwells in each Tomb, so a farmer figure his plow, in the musicians of their instruments. You can also visit a small church which is located on one side of the cemetery. My guide told me a legend that endures over time about the good that I bring this cemetery to the city, when it was being invaded by the armies of Tamerlane villagers placed Helmets on crosses and attacking soldiers mistook them for Warriors and they continued on their way, saving the life of the inhabitants of the city. With this tour you do a very complete idea of culture and tradition in the history of the Armenian graves.
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  • I'm not fascinated by cemeteries but this being part of our tour we decided to go see what it's like. There is a large number of khachkars (stone crosses) of various sizes, there were enough 2 minutes to turn it on foot and walked out, also because there was an old lady who was following us and wanted us to help (like hell!)
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  • This cemetery contains a huge number of Khachkars (carved stone crosses) . It also has tomb stones with carvings that show the occupation of the person who is buried there. It is worth spending time h...  more »
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  • Very interesting cemetery, and especially with a guide for historical context
  • 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!
  • An amazing place where locals nearby villages looked share the interpretation of images on stone gravestones. Very fine work!
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  • 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。
  • Beautiful typical cemetery. a lot of khachkar, very pretty.
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