National center of Manuscripts
The National center of Manuscripts is tucked away from the main tourist routes, in a safe, a bit hidden area, near the Queen Tamar's bridge. It is a great find for visitors interested in the written history and linguistics.
Museum boasts of its collections of up to 10,000 Georgian manuscripts, among them 4000 palimpsests dating back to V-XIX centuries and up to 4,000 foreign manuscripts in Arabic, Turkish, Persian and Russian to name a few. Furthermore, it is a house of a valuable collection of old printed books, including the first Georgian printed book, a Georgian-Italian Dictionary (Rome, 1629) and the Gospel (1709), Psalms (1711), Shota Rustaveli’s The man in the Panther’s Skin (1712). The visitors can also view the private archives of Georgian writers and public figures, including those of Ilia Chavchavadze, Vazha Pshavela and Ekvtime Takaishvili.
City area/address: Saburtalo District, Aleksidze str, N1 /3, Tbilisi, Georgia
Working hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 a.m. – 17.00p.m.