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Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

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Address: 53, Mashots Av | Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
Phone Number: 10 562578
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I have seen the smallest and the biggest books in the world just in here. The collection is really great, one should see...

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Nane M
Yerevan, Armenia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

good. but guides are not interested and don't know to talk in English or other international language.

Thank حسين ر
Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have seen the smallest and the biggest books in the world just in here. The collection is really great, one should see...

Thank Nane M
Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

About 2 hours visit which will fill up most of one's gap in Armenian both history and culture. Some of the old books a really old and look very unusual. Gold covers, ebony covers, huge sizes. The only upset was that we could not get a guided tour. Some of the groups were guided, but we were not offered such... More 

Thank Mark S
Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many interesting historical facts were introdused in very professional way...Thanks a lot, I learnt so much!

Thank Vahan M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

700,000 manuscripts and only about 500 displayed. Sits on a hill, with statutes in front of great Armenian scholars. The manuscripts we saw were so beautiful, colorful and perfect penmanship. A really great museum

Thank Don M
Muscat Governorate, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Matendaran contains rich relics and ancient manuscripts of great interest to historians. Among the interesting Manuscripts, the letter from Sheriff Hussain, King of Mecca and Hejaz to the tribes chieftain of the northern Arab Peninsula region requesting them to provide shelter and support to fleeing Armenians during Armenian Genocide. Not all manuscripts however are translated which is somehow disappointing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're interested in Armenian literary history, there is no better source than the Matenadaran. What I like most is the accessibility of scholars. If you inquire and are truly interested, the scholars there will provide you with detailed information regarding most inquiries. I found them to be kind and informative. As with most scholars, take their information with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entrance fee 1000 AMD (about 2 dollars), English language guide 2500 AMD (about 5 dollars). An ancient manuscript library of over 17000 items. The first library was built in the 5th century by the inventor of the Armenian alphabet, Mesrop Mashtots. The library grew in importance after the Armenian genocide during WW1. A very impressive building located at the top... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As you know, Armenia has a lot of museums because it's an old country full of history events, so you'll find the Armenians archived all the historical stations in museums :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Armenia’s collection of manuscripts is housed in this building which itself is worth a visit. There is a statue of Mesrop Mashtots outside who invented the Armenian language. It is worth getting a guide as this enables a fuller understanding of the manuscripts relative importance. The geographical origin of various manuscripts is highlighted by maps and the guides indicating the... More 

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