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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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Experience the Real History of Armenia

Armenia was a center of learning for centuries. The abundant variety of manuscripts just amazed me. The guided tours in English are outstanding. We did a 45 minute tour and loved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Armenia was a center of learning for centuries. The abundant variety of manuscripts just amazed me. The guided tours in English are outstanding. We did a 45 minute tour and loved every minute.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The whole thing is impressive. The building itself is lovely and in excellent condition, and the manuscripts on display are outstanding as art, theological documents, and history. Many of them came from now vanished monasteries in Western Armenia/Eastern Turkey (you choose). Arguably the best museum in Armenia, and one of the best of its kind in the world. Get a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This one is probably less of an attraction, but an opportunity to think and understand who Armenians are and why, and what are there values. Visiting this place makes totally no sense without a guide - take a guided tour and you will learn a lot. Even if you don't remember all the facts, the cultural impression will stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

First time I visited here I was only 12 years old schoolgirl (In Armenia every school usually arranges a visit to Matenadaran for pupils). I rememeber I didn't like the place because I didn't understand well. But now I decided to visit again, to explore more, to learn... It was another experience for me, it was like you are traveling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

You can never say, "I visited Yerevan" without seeing Matenadaran. It's in the 1st place at "should see" places in Yerevan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

You might think that a library of manuscripts and old books should be an attraction only for specialists. In this case, it would be a mistake: much depends on how this object of interest is experienced by each national people and by its institutions. In the case of the Armenian people, whose territory in the last decades has been reduced... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Yerevan always throws surprises at me, I went into this place one day expecting nothing I was stunned by what was in store inside , this place is so rich in history and I came the second time with a small book and pencil just so that I could note down some things which I missed the first time There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Be sure to stop by in your visit to Yerevan. This museum has an impressive collection of very old manuscripts, some are from back to the 5th century. I didn't hire a guide, there are English inscriptions so you can follow quite well the exposition without feeling lost. I've never seen such a big collection of old manuscripts is so... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

In my visit, no one was there to guide you even the staff didn't understand english well. You won't miss anything if you don't go there!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Be sure to hire the guide. This was such a wonderful part of our visit in Yerevan. So much history here. I didn't really expect to like it as much as I did. Well worth the time and money!

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