Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia, serving as the administrative centre of Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. The area of modern-day Gyumri was known as Kumayri during the period of the Kingdom of Urartu.
It is likely that the name has been originated from the Cimmerians who conquered the region and probably founded the settlement. Gyumri is home to many prominent museums of Armenia, including the House-Museums of sculptor Sergey Merkurov, poets Hovhannes Shiraz Avetik Isahakyanan, and actor Mher Mkrtchyan.
The Aslamazyan Sisters House-Museum, built in the 1880s, is home to more than 700 drawings. Kumayri historic district is the old part of Gyumri with its unique architecture. It has more than a thousand buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
Armenian Alphabet Monument
When Mashtots began working on an Armenian alphabet, it was under great pressure so that it could be used to create a bible for the newly Christian kingdom. Elegantly planned, Mashtots laid out the structure of the alphabet around the religion. To honor his work, Armenian architect J. Torosyan created the stone carvings of every letter near Mashtots’ final resting place in 2005. Set against the backdrop of Armenia’s Mt. Aragats. The letters and a statue of Mashtots pay tribute to the complex and language, a national point of pride of Armenia.
|Destination||Armenian Alphabet Monument, Gyumri city tour , visiting 2 museums, St Amenaprkich church, Mother Armenia|
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