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Tours - Visiting Mahstots - Linguistic tour: The Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran) Oshakan (St. Mesrop Mashtots Church) and The Armenian alphabet monument at the outskirts of Oshakan village

Matenadaran-Institute of Ancient Manuscripts
The Matenadaran, the Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, was founded in 1959 as the State depository of manuscripts. The Matenadaran is named after Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of Armenian Alphabet. 11000 completely preserved handwritten books and more than 2000 partially preserved manuscripts are the core of the Matenadaran collection. The majority of the books have precious leather covers with stamping and silver pressing. Most are full of elaborate miniatures, very important elements of medieval Armenian art. The Matenadaran building (architect Mark Grigorian) has the advantageous position of being located on hilltop of the Mashtots Avenue ending part. It dominates the center of Yerevan. This building made of basalt, reflects the forms and specifics of Armenian architecture. The statues of Movses Khorenatsi, Toros Roslin, Grigor Tatevatsi, Anania Shirakatsi, Mkhitar Gosh and Frik are in front of the main fa?ade and the statues of Mesrop Mashtots and his disciple Koryun (sculptor Chubarian) are situated at a lower level. The Matenadaran has departments of Bibliography and Textual Studies, Old Chronicles, Medieval Chronicles, Documents and Miniatures Studies, Preservation, Restoration and Copying of Manuscripts and Archival Documents. It also has a library with a huge stock of Armenian study-related publications. Armenian manuscripts are on display not only in the Matenadaran but all over the world: The Library of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Mkhitarists in Venice and Vienna, National Library of Paris, Libraries of Rome and the Vatican, Bzomar Monastery in Lebanon, museums in the US and many other countries.

Located 6km from Ashtarak on the right bank of the Kasagh is the village of Oshakan – the tomb of St. Mesrop, the national hero and educator of Armenia, the creator of the national alphabet who was buried there in 440. In 443 the church was erected on his burial place. In 1875-1879 the Catholicos Gevorg III turned the church into a beautiful temple with the altar standing above St. Mesrop's tomb. There are northern and southern entrances into the square burial vault. The inside of the church – the vaulted hall – was decorated with a fresco in 1960. The two - level belfry is in the eastern part.

In May 1962 – the year of 1600 th birthday of St. Mesrop – the basalt obelisk in the shape of a huge open book with Armenian inscriptions was erected.

The Monument to “Armenian alphabet”
The monument to “Armenian alphabet” is located in Oshakan, at the east side bottom of Mt. Aragatz. The monument is erected by the design of the famous Armenian architect J. Torosyan (1962). It is an interesting demonstration of the stone carvings of 39 Armenian letters.

* An exclusive opportunity to attend intensive courses of Armenian language

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