In 301, Armenians were the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion, and Armenian alphabet was created in 405 by Mesrop Mashtots. Armenian people always saved national and ancient manuscripts. Today the collected exhibits аrе presented in Matenadaran, which is registered in UNESCO's World Network of memory.
From the 20,000 ancient manuscripts kept in Matenadaran, holistic manuscripts and fragments, documents, old books, samples of precious bindings, some miniatures and manuscripts are exhibited in foreign languages. The oldest manuscript fragments from V-VI centuries, and the most ancient illustrations and miniatures are in Echmiadzin Gospel. The oldest complete manuscript is Lazarev gospel (887 AC), and the biggest one isMsho Charentir (1200-1202 AC), which weighs 27.5 kg, the smallest one is Church Calendar from 1434 AC (weight 19g).
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