Gyumri City Portrait

Gyumri

Gyumri is the second biggest city in Armenia with a very dramatic, rich history. It has a charming old town built in a very unique style. Unfortunately, the city was destroyed by the disastrous earthquake in 1988. It’s been 24 years, you say. Here time flies slower though. The city is still recovering, still struggling and you cannot tell when this will actually come to an end. The earthquake was devastating. Some of the major city buildings are still under restoration. A main cathedral of the city is an example of it.

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Old town is this something you really miss while exploring Yerevan. You just have to go and visit the one in Gyumri but please be ready for some of the really ancient, interesting buildings being partially in ruins. Thousands of people still live in housing which was built as a temporary and it’s been serving more than two decades already…
Maybe you don’t see a point in visiting a place like this. You might think it’s too depressing. Sometimes it is as we see how much time a living city needs to spring back to life after a natural disaster we couldn’t have any influence on. This is very true. For me, Gyumri wasn’t depressing, it was beautiful. A living example of how strong Armenian nation (and human race) is while struggling with nature just to stay where they feel at home, where they belong to. This trip would make you think. Believe me, it’s worth it.

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Armenian stray dog
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