Explore Gyumri's architectural history

Explore Gyumri's architectural history image

Walk the streets of Gyumri with a local guide. (Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program)

Gyumri is one of Armenia's most distinctive cities and its second largest urban center. Known previously as Kumayri, Alexandrapol, and Leninakan, Gyumri's settlement dates to at least the fourth century BCE. It has served variously as military outpost, transportation hub, and trading post. Despite a catastrophic earthquake in 1988 and the social and economic hardships that followed, Gyumri has maintained a strong cultural identity and charm including a well-preserved old town. Strolling through the narrow streets of Gyumri's historic district, visitors will find buildings and works of art that are both traditional and new, which signal the city's rebirth. The city tours are led by experts from Gyumri's City Research Center, a non-governmental organization founded in 2002 to help preserve the city's vibrant cultural and historic traditions.

Gyumri's center has been rebuilt after the 1988 earthquake to become a technological and cultural hub once again.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Learn about Gyumri's 3000-year-old history from local experts at the City Research Center.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Visitors point to a map of Gyumri, a city of more than 100,000 people.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

A resident of Gyumri poses with his horses.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Gyumri's architecture reveals its long history as a military outpost, transportation hub, and trading post.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

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