Gyumri is the capital of Shirak region and the second largest city of Armenia. It is located in the northwestern part of the region.
This city has changed its name for several times, first it was Alexandrapol (in the 19 the century) then it was renamed Leninakan during the Soviet period, at last in 1992 it has changed the name of the city and called Gyumri.
The oldest streets but meanwhile new buildings decorate the city showing the greatness of Armenian architecture. The oldest and the largest railway junction is in Gyumri, which operates trips to Tbilisi, Batumi, and Yerevan.
The climate of Gyumri is mountainous and has mild summers and cold winters. The air is healthy and fresh. The city is still recovering from the damages of the terrible Spitak’s earthquake. It happened on December 7th in 1988. The earthquake destroyed the city; many people were killed and injured, losing their relatives and houses. But, even after that, the people of Gyumri stood up again and started to rebuild their lovely city. That’s why the people of Gyumri are considered to be the strongest ones in Armenia.
This city is also known as the country’s capital of humor. The people have a great sense of humor, they like to tell jokes and funny stories to others. The Armenian champions were born in Gyumri. The local people call the city "the champion of the whole world". Champions like Arthur Aleksanyan, Levon Julfalakyan, Yuri Vardanyan, Tigran Martirosyan showed the world the strength of Armenia and Gyumri.
The Architectural Museum of Gyumri is the most attractive and the most visited museum. It is the old house which has represents Gyumri’s history, local culture, and everyday life. This museum was the house of famous trader Petros Dzitoghtsyan and it was founded in 1872. It was built by the famous red Tufa stone. Gyumri’s Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life was created in that house. It presents the proud history of the town and it is decorated with traditional Armenian rugs and other decoration.
The father town of Armenia has many churches, sculptures, historical and cultural monuments. So the city is rich with places of interest. It is famous for galleries and house-galleries.
• Merkurov’s house gallery will help you to know the history of nowadays Gyumri.
• Aslamazyan sister’s house gallery will show you the classic style of the city. There are about 700 drawings, canvas and other pieces of art
• The house gallery of Hovhannes Shiraz is worth to see. There you will be informed about the life and the activity of great Armenian poet
• The other gallery that you should visit is the talented Mher Mkrtchyan’s house gallery
So if you have visited the mother town of Armenia(Yerevan), you should also visit its father town.
The Architectural Museum of Gyumri is the most attractive and the most visited museum in Gyumri. This museum is the old house which has represents Gyumri’s history, local culture, and everyday life.Read More