back W on the old Hrazdan road from the town of Sevan, one
first reaches Varser (till 1946
Chrchr), first noted in the 9th c., a
village given by Ashot II Bagratuni to an Apostles’ Church.
According to a picturesque popular etymology, the name
Varser (from a root meaning “hair”)
derives from a girl who
fell in the lake and drowned,
her long hair
till 1946 Shahriz, founded by emigrants from Maku in 1830s, with
church/shrine ruins in E part of village.