Visit the studio of an award-winning blacksmith

Visit the studio of an award-winning blacksmith image

Martirosyan demonstrates his skill in his own studio. (Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program)

Blacksmithing has been one of Armenia's most important crafts for centuries. It has been especially important in Gyumri, where there were exactly 247 blacksmiths, according to a nineteenth-century inventory of guilds. One of those blacksmiths must have been an ancestor of Gagik Martirosyan, a sixth-generation blacksmith, who in 1986 was nominated as "the best blacksmith" of the Soviet Union and in 2015 was named Armenia's "National Blacksmith."

Today Martirosyan owns the Yerankyuni (Triangle) restaurant, named for a famous Armenian film set in World War II, which tells the story of five blacksmiths from Gyumri (known then as Leninakan). The interior of the restaurant replicates the concept of the film through its triangular shape.

In one of Yerankyuni's rooms, Martirosyan offers blacksmith master classes. Over the course of one to two hours, visitors may learn metalworking techniques from one of Armenia's masters, while also enjoying lunch or dinner from that master's restaurant.

Martirosyan's family has cultivated Gyumri's rich tradition of blacksmithing for six generations.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Martirosyan at work.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Visitors can enjoy refreshments while watching Martirosyan's artistry.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

The Yerankyuni (Triangle) restaurant.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Visitors enjoy good food and ambiance in Yerankyuni.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

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