Gyumri daytrip exploration with Liv
2hr drive from Yerevan
Gyumri is the 2nd largest city in Armenia. Was previously called Alexandropol and was Russian led. The city went through tough times during and after World War I, many refugees from the Armenian genocide fled into the city. It was later renamed Leninakan during the Soviet period and became an industrial and textile centre.
The city was later renamed to Gyumri under modern Armenia independanc in 1991. The population grew to 200,000 before being devastated by the 1988 eathrquake which brought it down to 121,900 in 2011 census.
It was a hot day in Armenia! We walked around the city in a bit of a sweat, many of the locals were inside due to the heat, prob thought we were crazies lol but the sun beating down on the pavement with not much trees around really did make it a bit hotter and uncomfortable, but there were a few shops to go in and cool under the air con – the churches also were cool inside so we rested there as well!
The Statue dedicated to the Battle of Avarayr, one of the first battles defending the Christian faith
Surrounding the Square are Gyumri City Hall, a cinema hall from 1926, and a hotel from 1927
The church of the Holy Mother of God belongs to the Cruciform style of the Armenian churches with an external rectangular shape. The belfry is located at the top of the main entrance on the western side of the building. The church is topped with a large dome at the center surrounded with 2 minor domes. Unlike other Armenian churches, the altar at the Holy Mother of God is unique for its multi-iconic decoration.
The church remained active during the Soviet years.
After the 1988 earthquake, the two minor domes fell down and they were replaced with new ones. The fallen domes are currently placed in the church yard.
We had a great day exploring this city, well worth the day trip out from Yerevan
Easy to hire a driver