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 Matenadarans collection. “Matenadaran” means a "book-depository" in ancient Armenian.
The building was constructed in the spirit of national 12th and 13thC traditions. The monument to Mesrop Mashtots, the founder of Armenian writing stands in front of it.
Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia situated along the Hrazdan River,
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