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Visiting Armenian history in Gyumri





Gyumri in Armenia is one of the oldest cities of the country. Various Uratrian inscriptions from the 8th century BC mention Gyumri by its ancient name of Kumayri. In fact, Gyumri has been named and renamed several times in the history. The city was also called Alexandropol and Leninakan during the Russian era. It has a population of about 146,000 people according to the 2009 official census. The city suffered much loss during a devastating earthquake of 1988. As it is assumed, the city was probably founded by the Greek colonists in the 5th century BC. Some sources also say that the city was founded much earlier in the 7th century BC by the Cimmerians.

Weather in Gyumri

The weather in Gyumri is semi arid. The average temperatures always range between extremes. The winter can be as cold as -41 degree Celsius and the summers can be as hot as 36 degree Celsius.

Tourist Places Gyumri

Since this is a historical place, there are lots of tourist places Gyumri. The historic Kumayri district from the 18th and the 19th centuries has more than a thousand historic buildings. You will literally feel teleported to an old era when you visit this district! There is also the Sev Ghul fortress. This Russian fortress dating back from 1830s literally means the ‘black sentry’. There is another ancient Russian fortress which is called the Red fort. The statue of ‘Mother Armenia’ is situated on an adjacent hill. There are many other tourist places Gyumri. Among these include several house museums, the Gyumri central park and several churches and monasteries. Famous among the monasteries are the Holy Mother of God Cathedral, Church of Holy Savior, the Marmashen monastery etc.

Accommodation in Gyumri

There are old hotels as well as new hotels for accommodation in Gyumri. The Isuz and the Berlin are comfortable and new western hotels.

Places to Eat in Gyumri

There are several good places to eat in Gyumri and that too at very reasonable prices! Both the Isuz and the Berlin hotels have their own restaurants serving great food. For pizza you have to visit the Isuz, while the Berlin hotel has mainly traditional choices of food. There is also a tree house restaurant called the Robinson’s. Vanator restaurant is a good place for Gregorian food. The Millenium and the Kilinka are other places to eat in Gyumri.

Things to Do in Gyumri

For things to do in Gyumri, you can visit the old Kumayri district. Since there are some good restaurants as mentioned above, so you will never run out of chance while searching for good food at reasonable prices in Gyumri. The Millennium Restaurant is a good place to visit as it sort of turns into a disco at night! The museums and the other tourist places altogether make an interesting visit.

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Praveen is a prominent and amateur writer, primarily focusing on providing Tamworth Travel Guide for those planning to travel to Tamworth. Here you can get relevant facts about tourist places in Tamworth, weather, nightlife, accommodation, things to do in Tamworth and lots more.


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