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Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

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Address: 53, Mashots Av | Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia
Phone Number: +374 10 562578
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Surprisingly interesting

Spent a couple hours here. The on-site guide was very passionate and informative. Gives a good sense for Armenia's long and rich history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent a couple hours here. The on-site guide was very passionate and informative. Gives a good sense for Armenia's long and rich history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do take a guided tour if you don't speak Armenian. Other wise the place has no meaning except a lot of beautiful old books. Do need about 2 hours

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are even remotely interested in books and History, you must see the invaluable manuscripts of this museum. Unique.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Loved this museum full of books, wonderful old examples with exquicite drawings. It's great to look around, only a shame not all the explanations are also in English.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Excellent storage and museum of old books and manuscripts. But there's not much else. One hour is enough.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Matenadaran has some of the oldest books in the world. Large and small books from many different centuries line the displays throughout the museum. I love it every time I go. One of a kind experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I would encourage anyone with an interest in history to make this a "must see" location. The museum is a great national importance as it is the keeper of manuscripts that provide a chronology of Armenia's history. Due to the almost constant invasion and occupation of other cultures, many of Armenia's more traditional institutions didn't survive but the Armenian church... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A large collection of ancient manuscripts, some dating back to BC dates. Bibles, translations, hand written in different colored inks. Very knowledgeable guides..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This establishment houses the largest collection of ancient Armenian manuscripts, books and written documents. Lots of beautiful drawings and paintings inside books or exhibited separately. The place is rather small though, 5-6 rooms only, so consider 2,5 hours at most, unless you want to do some research work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This rather small museum, just 5 display rooms, showcases a small selection of the manuscripts stored and restored at this research institute and museum. The manuscripts encompass about the whole of Armenian history when writing was done on parchment and paper. Lots of the manuscripts are opened on pages with decorations and paintings, the colours of which are really quite... More 

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