SOCIAL EVENTS

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REception

Sunday September 15th

On the shore of the Hrazdan Gorge you can see a surviving fragment of an old Yerevan architecture. Build in mid-19th century, the building with a historic facade was reborn in 2017 thanks to “Yerevan My Love” a heritage-led regeneration project.

It hosts the Children’s Center. The doors of the center are open for refugee and displaced children as well as for children from socially vulnerable families and lacking proper care.

The unique feature of the center is the roof with its beautiful panoramic view of mount Ararat and a vast green space in front of the building.

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Matenadaran

Tuesday, September 17. After hours visit.

The Matenadaran, officially the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts is a museum, repository of manuscripts, and a research institute in Yerevan, Armenia. Currently, the Matenadaran contains a total of some 23,000 manuscripts and scrolls—including fragments. It is, by far, the single largest collection of Armenian manuscripts in the world. The manuscripts cover a wide array of subjects: religious and theological works, texts on history, mathematics, geography, astronomy, cosmology, philosophy, jurisprudence, medicine, alchemy, astrology, music, grammar, rhetoric, philology, pedagogy, collections of poetry, literary texts, and translations from Greek and Syriac. Among the most significant manuscripts of the Matenadaran are the Lazarian Gospel (9th century), the Echmiadzin Gospel (10th century) and the Mughni Gospel (11th century).

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Excursion

Wednesday, September 18th.

THE TEMPLE OF GARNI. It is the only standing greco-roman colonnaded building in Armenia. It is the best-known structure and symbol of pre-christian Armenia.

The structure was built in the first century AD as a temple to the Sun god. It collapsed in a 1679 earthquake. reconstructed between 1969 and 1975.

GEGHARD is a medieval monastery partially carved out of the adjacent mountain, surrounded by cliffs. It is listed as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. The monastery complex was founded in the 4th century.

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Conference dinner

Thursday, September 19

NAZANI ARMENIAN RESTAURANT

is part of the Armenia Wine Company

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Visit to the byurakan Observatory

Saturday, September 21st

The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory was founded in 1946 by Viktor Hambardzumyan, it was one of the main astronomy centers of the USSR. Among other things it is renown for the First Byurakan Survey commenced in 1965 using the 1m Schmidt telescope. It revealed 1500 galaxies with ultraviolet excess known as the Markarian galaxies.

A complimentary tour to a 10th-century Amberd fortress located 2,300 meters above sea level, on the slopes of Mount Aragats will be offered.