Cross stones in Medieval Armenian Cemetery in Noradus, Armenia
After seeing all of the holy monasteries it was time to see a different holy place, a graveyard. We went to Noradus next to Lake Sevan which is the home of one of the largest collections of khachkars (crosses carved on stone). As we creep around the lake and Rob allergies kept getting worse and the windows of the mini-bus looser from his sneezing, Gevorg explained that a new road is being built n higher ground so they can raise the water level another couple of meters. This is to try to reverse some of the damage that was done by Stalin. We saw people out fishing and hoping to catch some of the few remaining fish.
When we arrived at the graveyard Gevorg warned us that there were people there who would try to sell us things.
As we walked up to the cross stones a group of little old ladies and men magically appeared with their items for sell. He also told us if we took a picture of them they would expect payment. They approached us and went to work until Gevorg ran them away. One little old man using a cane followed us all around the entire time. Once we went around the chapel a group of children approached us. They had hand made posters with the Armenian alphabet and a couple of them wanted to change euros or a dollar for Armenian Drams. Gevorg explained the meaning of a couple of the gravestones. Some actually tell the store of how the person died or their life. The old stones do not have the names or dates of the people. Because the villages were small everyone knew the people and passed the information down.
Gevorg explaining the history