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Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

53, Mashots Av | Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
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Ranked #2 of 45 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Stunning collection of manuscripts, you definitely need to take them up on the tour though as it's really something you'll get the best out of with an expert to show you whats what. My guide was Irina who was very good. They have priceless manuscripts from as early as the 6th century on subjects as diverse as veterinary medicine and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Matenadaran offers a unique experience, displaying the immaculate beauty of both Armenian and non-Armenian manuscripts created throughout the centuries. It boasts a huge collection of over 22000 manuscripts which offer insights into history, literature and sciences studied by researchers. They also display the unparalleled beauty of the Armenian miniature art contained in these books and on their covers. Visitors can... More

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Milano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

You can spend hours and hours looking at very ancient manuscript with spectacular paintings. The building is very large so the best is to concentrate the attention only on some rooms avoiding to see everything. Do not miss the main room at the first floor.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I insisted not to miss this visit and I was not disappointed specially as I like miniature hand paintings that decorate the old manuscripts. An amazing collection of old religious book, maps, official documents, etc. The exhibits are well presented and with explanatory labels in English. I highly recommend to visit this museum if you like this kind of art.

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a must see place in Yerevan. A very unique museum, which has the biggest collection of ancient manuscripts in the world! The Matenadaran is in possession of a collection of nearly 17,000 manuscripts and 30,000 other documents which cover a wide array of subjects such as historiography, geography, philosophy, grammar, art history, medicine and science. You will find... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Over 17,000 manuscripts and nearly 300,000 archival documents some of which existed since the 5th Century. All beautifully preserved.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Of the thousands of manuscripts available, only a few can be viewed and these change frequently. We were delighted.

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Gran Canaria, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is one of the places you should visit inside Yerevan. A very good collection of old scrolls and books, as well as medieval maps. It closes at 17:00, and it takes more than an hour the visit. If in the summer go early because the ramp to access the building has no shade. Enjoy the visit. #smallfishbigworld

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Once you are in Yerevan, go here for sure. This is very unique place - the biggest collection of ancient manuscripts in the world (the second is in Jerusalem and the third is on the Armenian St. Lazaro island in Venice). Armenian make lots of ancient hand-written books and kept them during the wars and even during Armenian genocide. Now... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

You don't have to be really into old Armenian documents to flip for this place...the collection includes Gospels, Arabic texts, amazing books bound in solid engraved silver, illuminated texts 1200 years old, you name it. I spent an hour here but could have spent a whole morning if I'd had the time.

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