The village of Noratus was historically a royal residence of Armenian princes of the 16th century. The village is famous for its cemetery with numerous finely engraved khachkars (cross-stones) located on an enormous area north of the village.

There are no less than 728 cross-stones dating from the 19th -17th century. Next to the graves from the 17th-20th cc. these cross-stones give a striking impression of transience and eternity.
The cemetery offers a rich overview of khachkar art. Some of the most beautiful cross-stones are exhibited in Etchmiadzin.