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.
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.