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Noratus and the field of khachkars


Field of khachkars, Noratus by Maros Markovic, ShutterstockOne of Armenia’s most amazing sights is the field of khachkars in Noratus © Maros Markovic, Shutterstock

It is quite impossible to do justice to the carved stones on a single visit.

Noratus village is home to one of Armenia’s most amazing and unique sights: the field of khachkars on the eastern edge of the town. The modern section is quite interesting, but the array of stones from the medieval period onwards is where the range and fascination of the khachkars are overwhelming. Although there are many groups of khachkars in Armenia, nowhere can rival the impression made by the approximately 900 here. It is quite impossible to do justice to the carved stones on a single visit and one can merely wander across the site gazing in amazement: it is quite impossible to take in the riot of carved detail. Visitors should note that, like all khachkars which are still in their original positions, these face west and can therefore most easily be photographed in the afternoon.

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