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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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Well preserved ancient manuscripts

Huge entrance area- throwback to the Soviet times I guess.The ticket need to be bought from the small souvenir shop to the right side of the entrance. The staff are not very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Goa Velha, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Huge entrance area- throwback to the Soviet times I guess.The ticket need to be bought from the small souvenir shop to the right side of the entrance. The staff are not very helpful and one feels that they are doing you a favor even as you enter at the gate. But thats quite common at most government places in Erevan.... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Visiting matenadaran made my trip to Armenia a truly great one. Lots of interesting found out about Armenia. Will be back for sure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I'm not an expert in the field but I found the exhibits very interesting, especially to see how maps or human body were viewed some centuries ago. Nice and compact museum and a great joy to see all of the preserved manuscripts.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

On the way up we were greeted by a massive sitting statue of Mashtots, who created the Armenian Alphabet. The most complete exhibition of books, Breviers, prayer books and Documents dating back to between 1400 - 1500 years involving Religion and History. Very well set up and presented, translated from Armenian and Russian into English. Some of the old books... More 

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Yerevan, Armenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If you're travelling in Armenia, this is one of the most important places you should visit in Yerevan. Here you can find the smallest (match size)and biggest monuscripts (28kg). number of collection of ancient manuscripts.It's not that expensive. Less than 2Eur, for students even less if I'm not mistaken 500AMD (1EUR). It's in the very center of the city. SO... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

As you enter, you have to pay a admission fee. Then they ask if you plan on taking pictures, if you are then you do have to pay an extra fee. I disagree that they make you pay an extra fee to take pictures. I really don't understand the point of this, either they allow you to and it is... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This place reflects very well the attachment of knowledge and culture of the Armenians in the past and over the years till now, we talked to researchers from abroad working there they were amazed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Matenadaran was initially established in 405 after the creation of the Armenian alphabet in one of the ancient Armenian capitals Vagharshapat (Ejmiatsin). Supported by Armenian king Vramshapuh Catholicos of All Armenians Sahak Partev and the inventor of the Armenian alphabet Mesrop Mashtots started their activities right from there. Back then the Matenadaran established by them used to function as the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Matenadaran is a unique scientific center of ancient manuscripts. Although is it called a museum, due to open permanent exhibition, it is actually a home of hundreds of thousands unique ancient manuscripts (books, maps, etc.), not only in Armenian, but also number of other languages/nations. The tour usually takes 1-1:30 hours. There is a nice view from the front of... More 

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

What to say, my expectations were higher reading reviews here. Agree that it is one of the oldest and reaches book-deposits in the world, and that's it! I had nice walk up to the museum, excellent view on the city and Ararat mountain. Museum building is impressive and nice. But inside, you can see books, from different centuries, blocked and... More 

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