Minatures from the
Illuminated Code illustrate the early history of the kingdom of
Armenia. St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew founded a small Christian
community in Armenia in the first century. In 301 St. Gregory the
Illuminator converted King Tiridate who founded the first Christian
nation. Tiridate had imprisoned Gregory for preaching the Christian
faith. Tiridate became very ill and turned to Gregory for help. In the
first stamp Tiridate is symbolized by a wild boar standing before St.
In the second St. Gregory
makes Atangelo write the history of the Armenians in the presence of
St. Gregory and King Tiridate
encounter Constantine the Roman Emperor and Pope Silvester I.