Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia
Karapet Abrahamyan (obverse), Lusine Lalayan (reverse)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: the Tatev Monastery (Republic of Armenia, Syunik region).
Reverse: the bas-relief of Tatevatsi on the wall of the Armenian Church of the Holy Transfiguration of the Armenian Diocese in New Nakhijevan and Russia (architect: A. Ghulyan) in Moscow.
A brief annotation
Grigor Tatevatsi (1346-1409) is the thrice greatest archimandrite of the Armenian Church, philosopher, theologian, philologist, pedagogue, miniature painter, musician. The Armenian Apostolic Saint Church ordained Grigor Tatevatsi a saint.
He headed the higher clerical schools of Tatev and Aprakounis, taught theology, philosophy, grammar, music theory and other subjects. Tatevatsi wrote valuable theological, denominational and philosophical works. He presented his pedagogical views in the work “Constitution of Education”, which was phenomenal to the medieval Armenian pedagogical literature.
Under Tatevatsi’s governance, the theological seminary of the monastery of Tatev became a university, turning into a center of science, culture, art, and spiritual life. Tatevatsi rewrote and illustrated the Gospels, which are kept in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Matenadaran named after Mesrop Mashtots.