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Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

Address: 53, Mashots Av | Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
Phone Number: 10 562578
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Athens, Greece
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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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SE Michigan, U.S.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Excellent display of many Armenian documents going back over a thousand years. The various documents are divided by cultures, and many are quite ornate.

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Ankara
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

worth to see all the manuscripts, there are english speaking guides available. Fascinating!If you're interested in history don't miss.

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

For history lovers, interesting the handcrafting, the inks used etc. Mini-books, armenian alphabet etc.

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

It`s one of the oldest and richest book-depositories in the world. Here are works about history, philosophy, mathematics, medicine, astronomy and geography... The visit was very interesting and I think I must go there one more time...)))

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a fascinating museum, though admittedly ancient manuscripts might not be everyone's cup of tea. English speaking guides are available, though they do tend to rush you through. Often an art exhibition in the basement as well.

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Tanjay, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Went here with a friend and the collections they have are so impressive. Had a good look at the rare manuscripts which I find it so interesting. I advice to visit the place during the opening time at 10am as it is not yet crowded with tourist so you can have a quality time with the books.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

It was really special to be able to see such old manuscripts so up close, in a comfortable environment. I'd have liked to see more information about the more interesting manuscripts. For instance, the very old text entitled "On Human Nature". I'd be very interested to browse examples of the contents of such a document! I expect "human nature" would... More 

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