Exposition highlights

23.04.2012 - 10.11.2012


The History Museum of Armenia has presented an exceptional exhibition entitled «The Eternity of Writing» devoted to 500 years of Armenian printing.

The rich biography of the Armenian written culture is displayed by the most valuable exhibits from the collections of the History Museum of Armenia, Holy See of St. Echmiadzin, the Mashtots Matenadaran and National Library of Armenia in a joint exposition for the first time. Numerous layers and special features of the national written culture are represented by unique exhibits.

The panorama of the Armenian written heritage is represented in a logical sequence in the ten sections of the exhibition:

  • the origins of the Armenian writing
  • Aramaic, Greek and Latin specimens (mid-9th century BC to 405 AD) preceding the Armenian writing were found on the territory of Armenia.The exhibition displays the cuneiform inscriptions of kings Argishti I (786-764 BC) and Sarduri II (764-735 BC), stelae-borderstones of king Artashes I (189-161 BC), Greek and Latin inscriptions, etc.
  • lapidary and manuscript specimens (5th-18th centuries) created after the invention of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtots in 405, in particular, the «Collection of Selected Articles of Moush» (1200-1202), «The Book of Lamentation» by Grigor Narekatsi (1173), the Gospel (1256) illuminated by Toros Roslin, the Lectionary (1286) of king Hetum II, the Reliquary with the relic of Noah’s Ark (1698), etc.
  • the first specimens of the Armenian printing: «Parzatumar» (Church Calendar) »Urbatagirk» (Book of Everyday Prayers) and «Tagharan» (collection of Songs) published in 1512-1513, books published in the Armenian printing centres abroad (Venice, Amsterdam, Constantinople, Madras Calcutta, Nor Nakhidjevan, etc.), such as, the first edition of «The History of the Armenians» by Movses Khorenatsi, the first Armenian printed map - «The Universal World Map», etc.
  • specimens of books published in the printing-house founded by catholicos Simeon Yerevantsi at the Holy See of St. Echmiadzin in 1771, the beginning of printing in Armenia
  • virtual “touch screen” library, by which and with the help of an interactive map one can visit the centres of the Armenian printing, and get acquainted with the books published there and the Armenian publishers.
Exposition location in the museum »