Turning 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    spreading

   Next    is   Geghamavan,   till   1946 Shahriz, founded by emigrants from Maku in 1830s, with church/shrine ruins in E part of village.

out across  the water.