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Gyumri is the second largest city of Armenia. It is known for its rich history, culture and famous humor of its inhabitants (Gyumretsi). In ancient times it was a trade crossroad for many different nations. Gyumri has given birth to famous poets Hovhannes Shiraz, Avetik Isahakyan and the beloved actor Mher “Frunzik” Mkrtchyan.
Here are some tips on what to do in Gyumri.
You might be interested in seeing the city center before diving deeper into its secrets and mysteries. Vardanants square is the central city square. It is named after Armenian hero Vardan Mamikonyan, historical military leader, martyr, and saint of the Armenian Church.
In the center of the square a huge bronze statue of Mamikonyan stands with a sword and a cross in his hands.
Gyumri is also rich with churches. Two 19th-century churches mark the north and south nodes of the town square. The Church of the Holy Saviour, a perfect replica of the Cathedral of Ani is on the southern side. The Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God, also known as the Our Lady of the Seven Wounds, borders the north. History of Gyumri is full of hardships and the city churches have been damaged many times. After the catastrophic 1988 earthquake, the church’s two minor domes fell, and are now displayed in front.
There is a district in Gyumri where everything is remained in the oldest version of how the city looked many years ago. You feel like transported to old Gyumri. The district features the historic architecture and cobblestone streets of the 18th and 19th centuries -- back when Gyumri was known as Alexandrapol!
One of the top places to visit in Gyumri is its famous Central Park. Also known as Gorky Park, you can find Central Park right up to the street from Vardanants square. It’s filled with tons of statues, monuments, and little nooks to sit in. However one thing that steals all the attention is the Soviet-era Ferris wheel. For just 200AMD, you can ride to the top and see the entire Gyumri. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and the opportunity to count all the churches, breathe clean, fresh air and admire Mayr Hayastan (Mother Armenia) from afar!
Mayr Hayastan “Mother Armenia” is one of the most interesting Gyumri sights. At the westernmost part of the city, you can find the monument of Mother Armenia. Roughly 8 km from the Turkish border, her strong figure stands tall and proud. The statue symbolizes the unwavering strength of the Armenian people. She is holding stalks of wheat in her arms, a symbol of the country’s devout Christianity.
After attending all these places of interest you can just drive through the city. In these case, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is ready to help you. Rent a car from Enterprise and enjoy your trip in Gyumri by getting acquainted with its culture.
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