Arsen E. Harutyunyan
There is a Khachkar in the eastern side of St. Hripsime Monastery. It is remarkable for its 13th century inscription carved on the pedestal. Ghevond Alishan and Karapet Basmajyan have evidence about this inscription but their publications do not correspond with current requirements of Epigraphy. We have tried to compare the work of previous researchers with the work done by us on this inscription.
The content of the inscription has reference to the deceased and their weeping parents. The Khachkar was previously situated in the village of Khalfalu in the Surmalu province, and in 1874 it was brought to Vagharshapat. This Khachkar opens new pages and possibilities in Armenian Archaeology, Paleography and Epigraphy.