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The Second Largest City In Armenia Day 1: Arrival: Day 2: The Second Largest City in Armenia Talin is a town in the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. It has a population of 5,371. The seventh-century Talin . .
Country: Armenia
City: Gyumri
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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The Second Largest City In Armenia

Day 1: Arrival:

Day 2: The Second Largest City in Armenia

Talin is a town in the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. It has a population of 5,371. The seventh-century Talin Cathedral is located in the town. Talin is one of the oldest residential areas in the region, confirmed by evidence dated back to the 2nd millennium B.C. (among others bronze swords). During the 2nd century, Talin is mentioned by the Greek geographer Ptolemy, which he calls Talina.

Excavations in the vicinity of the Talin Cathedral, near the hill, have revealed ancient building materials as well as receptacles. The village Aruj ( former Talish, XVIII c till 1970) is one of the oldest settlements of Armenia. It is situated in historical Aragatsotn province, at the southern foot of Aragats Mountain near Ashtarak. It is mentioned as a winter shelter for the king’s army in V c. It was the capital city of Armenia during Ishkhan Grigor Mamikonyan’s power (661-682). It became a town settlement in X-XI cc.

Gyumri is the second-largest city in Armenia and the capital of the Shirak Province in the northwestern part of the country. It is located around 126 km north of the capital Yerevan. As of the 2009 official estimate, the city had a population of 146,400, down from 150,917 reported at the 2001 official census.

Day 3: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure home!

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Places to Visit in Gyumri:

Black Fortress (Sev Berd)
Built by Russian Emperor Nicholas I with black volcanic tuff in the 19th century, the Black Fortress, or as the locals call it, Sev Berd is one of the most interesting constructions of Gyumri and all of Armenia. The round-shaped fortress was built to protect Alexandropol from Persians and Turks from different times of Russian wars with those countries.

City Research Center
Don’t miss the wonderful opportunity to discover and learn more about Old Gyumri’s Kumayri district with the City Research Center in Gyumri where Ashot Mirzoyan, the founder, will guide you to and through different unknown corners of the city!

Kumayri Historic District
One of the most remarkable and historical places in Gyumri is the old Kumayri district located in the heart of the city. Mesmerizing with its architecture, the first settlements in Kumayri date back to the 5th century BC. Walking through the Kumayri district will definitely impress you with the cozy and charming streets that are full of hidden cafes and historical buildings from the nineteenth to twenty centuries that are made from rare volcanic black and red tuff rock.

Vartanants Square
In the heart of Gyumri, Vartanants Square is a beautiful place surrounded by Soviet and historical buildings, fountains, and churches. The Square was built by Alexander Tamanian and D. Chislian. From Vartanants Square, it is easy to start discovering the old town of Gyumri. The Seven Wounds Church and the imposing municipality building are structural charms in the square.

Independence Square
The second biggest square in Gyumri is Independence Square. Built during WW2, this large square is surrounded by green yards and a park. It is known for its statue of a girl holding a cross in the middle of it as a symbol to remember the earthquake in 1988. The area is famous for being a university that surrounds the square which has strong Soviet roots and architecture.

Gyumri Drama Theater
To feel Gyumri, you must visit the local drama theater. At least that’s what many locals will tell visitors because it has played such a key role in Gyumri over the years. Built in the beginning of the 1970s, the alluring Soviet building hosts different performers from local and international stages and has gained one of the most popular theater reputations in all of Armenia.

Open-Air Market on Shahumyan
This local food and handmade open-air market is located on Shahumyan Street and runs all the way to the bus station. It’s an interesting place where the locals are selling everything from old books and unique handmade souvenirs to fresh vegetables, fruits, and dried fruit.

Gyumri is also famous for great artists that make masterpieces from wood, metal, gold, and from many other materials. Stroll down the open market and meet interesting people and try the delectable fresh produce! Armenia has some great varieties!

Cathedral of the Holy Mother of God
The main church of Gyumri, St Astvatsatsin or Yot Verq, is a central 14th-century church and one of the important ones in Armenia. In Soviet times, there were two big churches that were working in Armenia- one is the Etchmiadzin Cathedral and the Yot Verq church which means Seven Wounds.

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