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53 Mashtots Ave., Yerevan, Armenia
+374 10 562578; +374 10 513014; +374 10 513000
Institute of Ancient Manuscripts after Mesrop Mashtots, commonly referred to as "Matenadaran", is one of the most ancient manuscript repositories in the world. Matenadaran was founded in 1959. It holds one of the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books, which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history and cosmography in Armenian and many other languages. The "Matenadaran" collection was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 1997 in recognition of its world significance.
On May 14, 2009, on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of "Matenadaran", Armenian state and religious officials conducted the groundbreaking ceremony of the building of a research institute being constructed adjacent to Matenadaran. The opening of the building was held on September 21, 2011.
Today there is a collection of almost 17.000 manuscripts and 30.000 other documents in "Matenadaran", referring subjects such as historiography, geography, philosophy, grammar, art history, medicine and science.
In addition to the Armenian manuscripts, in "Matenadaran" there is also a vast collection of historical documents, numbering over 2.000 in languages such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Japanese and Russian.
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