The complete collection of antiquity and manuscripts at Matenadaran
Have you ever wondered how books have been written in ancient times? How have they been kept safely? Finally, how have they appeared in our hands? All your questions will get their answers in Matenadaran, where thousands of manuscripts are kept. Here, books have more than 1500 years of history and have suffered from so many disasters and hardships and have survived finding their final home right here in Yerevan.
Matenadaran or Institute of Ancient Manuscripts after St. Mesrop Mashtots is a repository of ancient manuscripts. It is home to 23000 manuscripts. They have been taken to their final place from different parts of Armenia. The Institute is the largest repository of manuscripts in the world. Being there you will see manuscripts, fragments of manuscripts, documents, old printed books, precious bindings, individual miniatures, and more.
And all the books and remained pieces are full of astounding miniatures. They have been done in such a minute and fragile way. Sometimes it seems as if no hand has ever touched them.
Feel the breath of the ancient books!
Touch the real beauty which does exist in the books!
Come and see the treasures of ancient times!