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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

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Holy Mount Ararat

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Guaranteed Departures

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Armenia – Top Destination of the year

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ARMENIA UNESCO

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Following the Great Silk Road

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Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

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Pearls of Caucasus

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Located in the region of Gegharkunik, Noratus is an ancient Armenian village. The village is famous for its cemetery of cross-stones, the largest one in the territory of Armenia. Once the cemetery in Julfa in Nakhichevan (Territory of Azerbaijan) was the largest one, but it was destroyed between 1998 and 2006, and now the cemetery in Noratus is the greatest one in the whole world.

 

Armenian khachkar (meaning cross-stone) is a carved, memorial stele bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. Figures of leaves, bunches of grapes, pomegranates and apricots are typical ornaments carved cross-stones.

Many khachkhars in the cemetery of Noratus, date back to the 13-17th centuries, and the oldest one was curved in 10th century. The cemetery is spread over a seven hectare field containing almost a thousand khachkars each of them depicting unique ornamentation. The majority of the khachkars are covered by moss and lichen. Several tombstones in the cemetery depict carved scenes of weddings and farm life.

One of the khachkars from the cemetery was donated to the British Museum in 1978 by Catholicos Vazgen I.

A popular folktale associated with the cemetery concerns the invading army of Tamerlane. According to one story the villagers placed helmets on top of the khachkars and leaned swords against them. From a distance the khachkars looked like armed soldiers holding a defensive position as a result of which Tamerlane’s army retreated.