"Noratus cemetery"


"Noratus cemetery", Lake Sevan Region

"Noratus cemetery or Noraduz 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." "IntroNoratus cemetery or Noraduz 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. Khachkars The oldest khachkars in the cemetery date back to the late 10th century. During the revival of the most notable of whom was Kiram Kazmogh 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. The majority of the khachkars are the 19th-century monk named Ter Karapet Hovhanesi-Hovakimyan from a monastery near the village conducted burial services at Noraduz; in order to avoid the two-hour round trip from the cemetery to the monastery he built himself a small cell in Noraduz. When he was 90 years old he asked his brother monks to bury him alive. His last words were: ""I do not fear death. I would like you to not be afraid also. Never fear anything but God alone. Let anyone who has fear come to me. Pour water at the burial stone drink the water wash your face chest arms and legs. Then break the vessel that contained the water. Fear will then abandon you."" To this day people come to the monk's grave to perform this ritual leaving broken pieces of glass scattered all about. Documentary «REMA» D 0 0 Cemetery cemetery "It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars following the destruction of the khachkars in Old Julfa Nakhichevan by the government of Azerbaijan." 09-17



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