The repository of manuscripts (called Matenadaran) records the writings of the fifth century A.D. It holds the spirit and devotion of thousands of Armenians, scrupulously and admiringly creating hand-written, hand-crafted books for generations. It displays spiritual wealth and richness of soul of our fathers, who dedicated all their life to possessing what is dear to them – books: Holly Bibles, Scientific textbooks, Philosophy, Historiography, etc.
Matenadaran is not only a museum, but a major research center.
The Matenadaran was designed by architect Mark Grigoryan. Located slightly north of the city’s center at the foot of a small hill and looks over Yerevan main avenue by Mesrop Mashtots by the name of who the Matenadaran was named.