Until the end of the year, 3 Armenian manuscripts out of the 14 kept at the Laurentian Library in Florence will be exhibited in the institute.

The three pieces are the 13th-century Consecration of a Priest from Cilicia, and the 14th century Psalter and Mass Book and Missal.

Visitors will be able to look at the digitised pages of the manuscripts via the interactive multimedia system as well.

Director of Matenadaran Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan considers the exhibition unique because the institute has never displayed Armenian manuscripts that are kept in a friendly country.

“This exhibition shows that relations built over centuries do not fade away. We have these manuscripts thanks to the clerics who reached Italy by the Silk Road.  The country, culture, and technologies of Italy are here to serve for the development of the ties with Armenia,” said President of National Research Council of Italy Massimo Inguscio.

“The home of these works is not only in Armenia and Matenadaran but also in Italy, in the wonderful Medici library.

These ancient manuscripts are evidence of the continuous friendship between Armenia and Italy,” said Armenian President Armen Sarkissian.