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Armenian alphabet monument - Artashavan (Aragatsotn province, Armenia)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 40° 24.494 E 044° 22.842
38T E 447452 N 4473252
Quick Description: Two kilometers north of Artashavan village, close to M3 highway, you can visit original, unusual and by tourists often visited monument devoted to the Armenian alphabet...
Location: Armenia
Date Posted: 11/6/2013 2:14:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMJE31
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Tharandter
Views: 4

Long Description:

Two kilometers north of Artashavan village, close to M3 highway, you can visit original, unusual and by tourists often visited monument devoted to the Armenian alphabet...

In 2005, the Armenian alphabet celebrated its 1600th birthday. In commemoration, it was given a gift of 39 giant, carved Armenian letters, strategically placed near the final resting place of the man who created the alphabet, Saint Mesrop Mashtots.

When Mashtots began working on an Armenian alphabet, it was under great pressure so that it could be used to create a bible for the newly Christian kingdom. Elegantly planned, Mashtots laid out the structure of the alphabet around the religion. He made the first letter A, which was the first letter in the word Astvats, or God, and the last letter K', which began the word K'ristos, Christ. He then put the finishing touches on the last 34 letters and his system has been used ever since, aside from the addition of 3 more letters.

To honor his work, American architect of Armenian origin Jim Torosyan created the stone carvings of every letter near Mashtots' final resting place in 2005. Set against the backdrop of Armenia's highest peak - Mt. Aragats, the letters and a statue of Mashtots pay tribute to the complex and unique language, a national point of pride of Armenia.

The "Official Tourism" URL link to the attraction: [Web Link]

The attraction’s own URL: [Web Link]

Hours of Operation:
24/365


Admission Prices:
Free


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Up to 1 hour

Transportation options to the attraction: Personal Vehicle Only

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