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Tatev Monastery

Tatev Monastery

Tatev Monastery is located in southern Armenia in Syunik Region. The Monastic complex was founded…

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Haghpat Monastery

Haghpat Monastery

Also called Haghpatavank, the monastery is located in Haghpat village in Lori Region. It belongs…

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Ararat Brandy Company

Ararat Brandy Company

Yerevan Brandy Company is almost as renowned a symbol of the Armenian capital as Mount…

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Armenia & Georgia

Armenia & Georgia

10 days from 826 EUR

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Classic Winter Tour

Classic Winter Tour

 7 Days from 275 EUR

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Matenadaran: Depository of Ancient Manuscripts

The Matenadaran’s museum complex is located in the institute’s old, original building. What was formerly a single exhibition hall now consists of fifteen halls in which thousands of temporary, changeable and exclusive exhibits are on display. Manuscript, fragments of manuscript, documents, old printed books, precious bindings, individual miniatures, and more are shown from the Matenadaran’s database of roughly 23,000 manuscripts.

The exhibition of the Central hall is dedicated to the development of Armenian medieval sciences, literature, and arts throughout the centuries. It tracks Armenian culture since the creation of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD until the 18th century. It presents old Armenian translations and works of all spheres of medieval science and art (history, philosophy, exact sciences, cosmology, medicine, literature, etc.), donations, as well as medieval Armenian miniature painting and specimens of medieval bindings.

The Matenadaran’s archival documents collection was based on the Echmiadzin Catholicosate, and was later enriched by numerous donations. The number of documents now exceeds 500,000.

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