Saturday, June 11, 2016

In and Around Yerevan

A busy but very interesting day today. We started at the fine Illustrated Manuscript Museum (Matenadaran) in Yervan.

At the entrance to the museum, a statue of the inventor of the Armenian alphabet 
(see tablet at his right hand) with an acolyte.

An example of the manuscript books on display

Our excellent guide in the museum

We then drove to Garni, the only surviving example of a pagan (Greco-Roman) temple in Armenia.

The temple is situated above a beautiful canyon.

After lunch we drove to the Geghard Monastery, like Garni a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Family lighting candles in the church of the monastery

Coat of arms of the founder above a column

Returning to Yerevan, we spent some time in the big flea market across the street from our hotel.
The profusion of goods on sale was overwhelming.

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