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Noratus 6: Map of Cemetery. Noratus Eastern Cemetery. Noratus Masters

Noratus Eastern cemetery

The east end of the cemetery includes a number of important stones and inscriptions. Among them are “Family cemeteries”, groups of stones dedicated to the memory of a certain family or dynasty.

Stop 11: Examples of khachkars of different periods
This trio of khachkars include samples from two periods of khachkar development at Noratus. The rounded center stone with a simple cross is from the earliest period of development, dated to the 9th-10th centuries. The ones on the left and right are from the second period, (10th-11th cc). The final period (13th-16th cc) is represented by examples near the Second Chapel, especially the stone at Stop 12 below.

Noratus Masters
The most important khachkar masters are the carvers Avanes, Mkrtich, Meliqset, Qiram, Nerses, Khachatur the mason and Khabib. Another is Kharib, who created the exquisite S. Kristapor [St. Christopher] Khachkar, now housed at the State History Museum in Yerevan.

Stop 12: Khachkar, pedestal
This fine large khachkar is dated to the 13th century and is an example of the third stage of Khachkar development. The stone stands out with its deeply carved design using geometric forms and imagery. This stone stands on a two-step pedestal with 3 lines of unfinished inscription:

“I, Khoidan, for 5 years was the demetar (leader) of Noratus. 1225”

Stop 13: Sargisents (Sargis') Family graveyard
Five finely carved khachkars, resting upon a single pedestal made of four blocks of stone situated in the north-western part of the cemetery.

A. Cornice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for Sargis.
Master Kiram. 1602”
B. Cornice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for Khonzar”
C. Cornice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for Grigor”
D. Cornice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for Goch”
E. Cornice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for…”

Stop 14: Atipeks Family Graveyard
The carvings on this row of five finely carved khachkars standing on three pedestals, carved for the Atipeks family (dynast), are examples of the third stage of development (13th-16th cc).

A. Cornice, arch: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for
Atipek. 1599. Master Kiram”
B. Cornice, arch: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for
Nazlukhan. 1599”
C. Crnice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for
Varsanik. 1601”
D. Cornice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede for
Stepanos Kahana”
E. Conice: “Let this Holy Cross intercede
for Melikpek”


Original text edited by the International Council on Monuments and Sites-Armenia and the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences.