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Khndzoresk

Khndzoresk

Khndzoresk is a village and rural community (municipality) in the South-East of Armenia, in the…

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Haghpat Monastery

Haghpat Monastery

Also called Haghpatavank, the monastery is located in Haghpat village in Lori Region. It belongs…

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Haghartsin Monastery

Haghartsin Monastery

Haghartsin Monastery is located in Tavush Region, on the bank of the Aghstev River. Standing…

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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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