Sunday, 12 February 2017

A Visit to the Matenadaran

The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (the Matenadaran), built in 1957 and designed by Mark Grigoryan

Below you will find a small collection of photos from my visit to the Matenadaran - The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts located in Yerevan, Armenia. Matenadaran, which serves both as research institute and a museum is among the richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books in Armenia. The word "matenadaran" in ancient Armenian means ‘‘manuscript store’’ or ‘‘library’.

The collection of manuscripts on display is in Armenian and various other languages. Armenian is an independent branch of the Indo-European languages. It is known for its distinctive phonological developments within that family.

Some of these colourful manuscripts made a huge impresion upon me. I am sharing these photos on Confusio Linguarum where they belong (apologies for their BlackBerry quality).

You can read more about this facinating place here:

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