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Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

53, Mashots Av | Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
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Ranked #2 of 39 attractions in Yerevan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Traveler Description: Armenia had one of the most advanced schools of illuminated manuscript painting in the middle ages, and today the largest collection (over 10,000... more »
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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

The museum was rich in a very old manuscripts & old books, and there were a very helpful guides inside

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Yerevan, Armenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Very informative tour. Not open Sundays. Tickets are to the right of the entrance. Tours start on the second floor.

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Culver City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

While the manuscripts are beautiful to look at, having a guide made the experience much richer and I'd advise doing that. Only a very small percentage of the 18,000 ancient Armenian manuscripts are on display so you're certainly seeing the best of the best. In addition, they have 4,000 manuscripts from foreign sources. These aren't just picture books; they're a... More

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It's very inexpensive for students, so remember your id. The museum is well done, but nothing amazing.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

An entire museum of ancient manuscripts in excellent shape displayed as they should be behind glass in an air-conditioned, security controlled environment. These are priceless. You'd have to brain dead to not appreciate these amazing books from all around this area

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Matenadaran is the name of the Depository of Ancient Manuscripts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which houses a superb collection of 15,000 manuscripts from the 5th to 15th centuries. This is one of the MUST SEE sites while in Yerevan. Amazing miniatures! Never fading natural dies and many more!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Surprisingly well preserved books and maps from our early civilization. Interesting guides but fast speakers!

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Moscow, Russia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Beautiful museum of old manuscripts all well displayed. Loved seeing the original Armenian script which is lovely. Building has some very Soviet painted murals on staircase. Set high above the city with views across it.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The manuscripts include such topics as medecine, mathematics, linguistics, literature, religion, history, etc. The museum can be visited fast to enjoy the beauty of the books, or preferably very slowly to look at them individually and read the explanations next to them.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This place is truly awesome. So much history and culture. It even has works from the Persians, Ottomans and others. Shows how much the Armenian people thrived to gain more knowledge and understand the world better.

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