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Urartu Cuneiform Inscription in Martuni

Urartu Cuneiform Inscription in Martuni

Cut into a low bluff beneath the road on the Lake Sevan side is a…

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St. Gevorg Church (Mughni)

St. Gevorg Church (Mughni)

It bears the name of Saint George-“Slayer of Dragons”. The architectural technique is unique with…

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Erebuni: Historical & Archaeological Museum

Erebuni: Historical & Archaeological Museum

Erebuni Fortress also known as Arin Berd is a fortified city from the ancient kingdom…

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Tours

Armenia & Georgia

Armenia & Georgia

10 days from 826 EUR

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Secrets of Armenia

Secrets of Armenia

10 Days from 1032 USD

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Daily Tours and Excursions

Daily Tours and Excursions

Regular Tours to Different Directions

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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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