Indulge in one of the most beautiful and symbolic cities whose culture is definitely characteristic and literally unique. Gyumri… the city of humour, the city of outstanding sportsmen, the city of great artists and inspiration. Moreover, Gyumri is the second capital of Armenia with huge cultural heritage. You will see plenty of sights. In the city centre, you can find one of the oldest parts of Armenia, which is called Kumayri. In this district, you will see some buildings dating back even to the fifth century, to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Going down the main street you will come to Yot Verq (Seven Wounds) church. Earlier it was a chapel erected by Kamsarakan princes, where the icon “The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary” was kept. That’s why the church built later was named Yot Verq (meaning “seven wounds”). The interior of the church is generously decorated with paintings.
Afterwards, walking to South from the church you will get to the centre of the city called Vardanants Square. It is dedicated to the battle in Avarayr in 451 against the Persians and to our hero Vardan Mamikonyan. Enjoy the lively atmosphere in the square and continue your way to another astounding church. Holy Savior’s Church or St Amenaprkich is the highest church in Armenia with its 36m height. Because of the earthquake in 1988, the church was seriously damaged, but fortunately, it was renovated and now welcomes visitors warmly.
A visit to the Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life will be a great choice. The museum is an old mansion, housing collections related to both history and the everyday-life of Gyumri as well as the local cultural and architectural characteristics of the city. Surprisingly, the museum hasn’t undergone even minor damages.