Noratus

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Coordinates: 40°22′48″N 45°10′48″E / 40.38000°N 45.18000°E / 40.38000; 45.18000

Noratus
Նորատուս
The Village of Noratus
The Village of Noratus
Noratus  Նորատուս is located in Armenia
Noratus  Նորատուս
Noratus
Նորատուս
Coordinates: 40°22′48″N 45°10′48″E / 40.38000°N 45.18000°E / 40.38000; 45.18000
Country Armenia
Province Gegharkunik
Government
 • Mayor Murad Harutyunyan
Elevation 1,925 m (6,316 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,855

Noratus (Armenian: Նորատուս; also Romanized as Noraduz) is a major and historical village in the Gegharkunik province of Armenia, near the town of Gavar. It contains the famous Noraduz cemetery. The village also has a monastery and church dated to the 9th century, and a ruined basilica built by Prince Sahak.

Noratus is first mentioned as a settlement in the Middle Ages, when it was a much larger settlement. The bronze-age megalithic fort near the village points to the notion that Noratus is one of the most ancient continuously-inhabited settlements in Armenia.

Northeast of Noratus, there is Gavar transmitter, a huge Soviet-type facility for longwave, mediumwave and shortwave radio broadcasting.

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