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Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was my second time going to Matenadaran, and I noticed a lot of improvement. The collections are much richer and better presented, the guides are very knowledgable, and there is a lot to see and learn.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The magnificent stone building houses the world's largest collection of ancient books, illuminated manuscripts, and papers. The oldest book was written in 887 but fragments dating from the 5th to 8th centuries were on display. There were also ancient maps, dictionaries, and medical & botanical books.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I happened on to this 'gallery' (actually a Museum with a permanent collection) walking down Abovyan Street, one of the main shopping corridors in Yerevan. It appears to be a small gallery of modest sized artwork until you pay your 500 dram entrance fee and the attendant turns on the lights. The gallery is actually room after room on 2 levels of children's artwork collected from around the world. Most of the artwork was created by children ages 10-17 years old. They are remarkable works of art (I blindly walked into the place and after seeing the first display thought that I was seeing cutting edge contemporary artwork), uniformly brightly colored, heavy use of pattern and crazy forms and perspectives. The work is grouped thematically with the most startling work in its first galleries. There children's work from around the world explore their unique national heritage. Other galleries group work by medium (lot's of batik, sculpture, ceramic, etc...).
I later read that the museum was founded by Henrik Igitian, whose portrait is conspicuously displayed in the galleries, and has a long history in the city. If you are interested in art or in art making this place is inspiring and I highly recommend you visit.

Thank mucakgul
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Matenadaran is the depository of the old Armenian manuscripts,one of the most interesting places to visit in Yerevan

Thank Norayr A
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This beautiful little museum is a must for all visitors. No one will ever see the types of old manuscripts that have been preserved beautifully in this magnificent building sitting on the hill looking over the city of Yerevan. Guides will share the history of some of these books, including a few that were saved by Genocide survivors.

Thank Lexizmom
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