The graveyard of Noratus with cross-stones, meaning khachkars in Armenian, is located in Noratus village not far from Lake Sevan. In Noratus there are many ancient monuments, pillars with inscription and many amazing khachkars. Most of them where created in 13th up to 17th century. The oldest khachkars in this cemetery date back up to the 10th century. Every khachkar has its original uniqueness and architectural nuances.
Various miracles and legends are told about the magnificent cemetery of Noratus. One and the most prevailing version is about the times of Tamerlane invasion. When the army of Tamerlane reached the village, the peasants placed helmets on top of the khcachkars and leaned swords against them. The khachkars look like very strong and predominantly armed soldiers. Seeing that the soldiers of Tamerlan’s army started to prompt.