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Opening of new Matenadaran in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Opening of new Matenadaran in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 18, ARMENPRESS: Three libraries of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Manuscript Depositary have been merged providing reading public and scientists with the opportunity to use the rich religious and Armenological literature. Armenpress reports that the opening ceremony of "Vatche and Tamar Manoukian" Matenadaran (Institute of Ancient Manuscripts) in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin took place on October 18. The new Institute of Ancient Manuscripts was built on the initiative of Catholicos Karekin II and with the help of donation made by benefactors Vatche and Tamar Manukyans from London.

Armenian President Serzh Srgaysan, First Lady Rita Sargsyan, Armenian President of National Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan and others partook at the opening ceremony of Matenadaran.

Benefactor Vatche Manoukyan noted that with this step he wished to become a little example, which conduce the prosperity of Armenia. “For me the building is the most beautiful one, however, in this case other’s opinion is more important” said Mr. Manoukyan, adding that the decision was reached by the whole family.     

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