Reaching Sewan

We left our caravanserai, to drive down to the big Sewan lake and explore its western shore, where many traces of the Armenian history can be found. The weather had changed and we were not sure to believe the weather forecast: 5-10 cm of snow?

South of Noratus, we noticed a tiny chapel at the lake surrounded by stones and went to explore it. Beautiful moss covered khachkars were used as a fence. We had a good view over the lake from here, with sunshine it would have been even better.

Seaside chapel
Lake Sewan
Lake Sewan & a lost train wagon

Our next stop was at Noratus, where at the medieval burial ground old khachkars date back until the late 10th century.

It is said to be the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars following the complete destruction of the khachkars in Old Julfa, today in Nakhichevan, by the government of Azerbaijan in 2005.

Moss and lichen covered khachkars
Khachkars at the modern section of the cemetery
See @ background: NORATUS shortwave radio transmitter station established 1965
Shortwave antennas using up to 1000 KW power, currently mainly used by the BBC
Hayravank Monastery
Wooden door with the model of a church

We finally stopped at the northern end of the lake, curious what the weather might bring, and we were not disappointed. When we woke up the next morning, we had snow! We decided to spend another day at this peaceful spot and get some work done. Inside it was cosy and warm, we had tea and cake and enjoyed that we had nowhere to go.

Our first snow of this winter
Sea-buckthorn – growing a lot around the lake

After our time at the lake, we will be on the way back to Georgia, but of course there might be some monasteries on our way. More on our next post!

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