Matenadaran – The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

Matenadaran, Armenian manuscript repository

Nowhere else on my visit to Armenia gave such and insight into Armenia’s ancient and distinctive culture as two hours in the Matenadaran illuminated manuscript museum. It’s Armenia’s treasure and rightly so. Fortunately we had a guide for the first hour or so who was able to give us an overview of what was on display but I still spent another hour gong back to look at the detail. Rarely have I found an ancient culture so vividly portrayed.

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