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Detail of manuscript.


The Matenadaran at Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.


The Matenadaran is one of the oldest and richest book-depositories in the world.

Its collection of about 17.000 manuscripts includes almost all the areas of

ancient and medieval Armenian culture and sciences - history, geography,

grammar, philosophy, law, medicine, mathematics-cosmography, theory of calendar,

alchemy-chemistry, translations, literature, chronology, art history, miniature,

music and theatre, as well as manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Greek, Syrian,

Latin, Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese and others. In this center of cultural

heritage many originals, lost in their mother languages and known only of their

Armenian translations, have been saved from loss.


The history of the Matenadaran dates back to the creation of the Armenian

alphabet in 405.


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Taken in September 2008