St. Mesrop Mashtots Church, Armenia

Among the sacred sights of the Aragatsotn it should be noted the tomb of Mesrop, a national hero and educator of Armenia. The creator of the national Armenian alphabet was buried in Oshakan village, which is located 6 km from the town of Ashtarak, on the right bank Kasagh, 440.

St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church

In 443 the church was erected on his burial place. In 1875-1879 the Catholicos Gevorg III turned the church into a beautiful temple with the altar standing above St. Mesrop's tomb.

There are northern and southern entrances into the square burial vault. The inside of the church – the vaulted hall – was decorated with a fresco in 1960. The two - level belfry is in the eastern part .

In May 1962 – the year of 1600 th birthday of St. Mesrop – the basalt obelisk in the shape of a huge open book with Armenian inscriptions was erected.

St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church
St. Mesrop Mashtots Church