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Areni Village

Areni Village

In January 2011 archaeologists announced the discovery of the earliest known winery, the Areni-1 winery,…

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St. Hripsimeh Church

St. Hripsimeh Church

St. Hripsime Church in Echmiadzin, completed in 618, is one of the oldest surviving churches…

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Stepanakert - Capital of Artsakh

Stepanakert - Capital of Artsakh

Nagorno (Mountainous) Karabakh Republic, also called Artsakh Republic by the locals, is located in the…

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Getik Valley Rural Tour

Getik Valley Rural Tour

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Noratus Cemetry

Noratus cemetery is a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus, Gegharkunik marz near Gavar and Lake Sevan, 90 km north of Yerevan. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the Republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars following the destruction of the khachkars in Old Julfa, Nakhichevan by the government of Azerbaijan. The oldest khachkars in the cemetery date back to the late 10th century. During the revival of the khachkar tradition in the 16-17th centuries many khachkars were built under the yoke of the Safavid Empire when oriental influences seeped into Armenian art. Three master carvers from this period carved khachkars in Noraduz, the most notable of whom was Kiram Kazmogh (1551-1610), his contemporaries were Arakel and Meliset. The cemetery is spread over a seven hectare field containing almost a thousand khachkars each of them depicting unique ornamentation.

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