Gavar (Armenian: Գավառ), is a city and the provincial capital of the Armenian province of Gegharkunik. It was known as Nor Bayezet or Novyi Bayazet until 1959, then Kamo (named in honour of Bolshevik of the same name) until 1996. The town is situated in the mountains with an average altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, on a distance of 98 kilometers to the east of the capital Yerevan.
Hayravank Monastery (Armenian: Հայրավանք) is a 9th-12th century Armenian monastery located just northeast of the village of Hayravank along the southwest shore of Lake Sevan in the Gegharkunik Province of Armenia near the Gavar City. The monastic complex consists of a church, chapel, and gavit.
Surrounding the monastery are numerous khachkars and gravestones that are part of a small cemetery. To the northwest a short distance from the site, are the remains of Bronze Age through medieval fortification walls and foundations of a settlement. A polished black vessel of the Early Bronze Age was discovered during archaeological excavations in the area. Weapons of metal and stone, tools, clay idols, numerous vessels, fireplaces and two tombs, all from the Iron Age were discovered in the vicinity as well.
The church of the Holy Mother of God was built in the centre of the town by Bishop "Khoren Muradbeghian" in 1905 with help of the local population. Until recently it was considered to be the tallest church in Armenia
Noratus cemetery or Noraduz cemetery (Armenian: Նորատուսի գերեզմանատուն) is a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars located in the village of Noratus, Gegharkunik marz near Gavar and Lake Sevan, 90 km north of Yerevan. The cemetery has the largest cluster of khachkars in the republic of Armenia. It is currently the largest surviving cemetery with khachkars following the destruction of the khachkars in Old Julfa, Nakhichevan by the government of Azerbaijan
The Gavar State University was opened in 1993 after Armenia declared independence. It is a major educational centre for the Gegharkunik region with five faculties: Philology, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Economics and Education. Today, more than 2,400 students are attending those programmes.
Gavar cuisine is as ancient as the history of Armenia, it is closely related to eastern cuisine, various spices, vegetables, fish, and fruits combination.
Kyavari Kyufta (kofta of Gavar), the town's most favourite dish, is made from minced meat spiced with onions and rolled into balls before boiling in water. Served in slices, it is garnished with butter. People of Gavar like to eat bread with almost everything, and the two traditional types of bread in Gavar are lavash and matnakash.
Kyavari Pakhlava, many-layered pastry with tissue-thin sheets of phyllo dough, filled with nuts and sugar and finished with a dousing of hot honey.