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The Second Largest City In Armenia Tour

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The Second Large City in Armenia Day 1: Arrival Day 2: Gyumri - The Second Largest City in Armenia Start the tour with a visit to the Talin Cathedral of the 7th century. Aruch is a . .
Country: Armenia
City: Dilijan
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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The Second Large City in Armenia

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Gyumri - The Second Largest City in Armenia

Start the tour with a visit to the Talin Cathedral of the 7th century. Aruch is a town located in the southern part of Mount Aragats. The town dates back to the 6th century when it was the winter camp of the royal armies. It was later made into a permanent base by Grigor Mamikonian (661-682). The village is the location of the 7th-century Armenian monastic complex Aruchavank.

There are also remains of the Mamikonians' palace. Drive to Gyumri. Visit the old part of the city and walk through the Street of Masters. Gyumri is the second city of Armenia and is famous for its architecture the old part of it dates back to the 19th century. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan.

Day 3: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure home!

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Best Things to Do in Gyumri:

Visit the Black Fortress:

Officially known as Sev Berd, the Black Fortress is a massive abandoned Russian Imperial fortress that sits on the western edge of the city. The fortress was built between 1834 and 1847 after the Russo-Turkish War. The big round fortress is a national cultural heritage monument. It sits atop a hill overlooking the city, offering some great views.

Walk Around the Historic District:

Kumayri is the oldest part of Gyumri, boasting some unique architecture that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It is one of the only places in the country to see authentic urban Armenian architecture. The district is home to over 1,000 buildings, telling the story of the city’s past. Luckily, this district has survived two major earthquakes; one in 1926 and one in 1988, giving tourists and Armenians the chance to enjoy the unique buildings located here.

Wander Around the Museums:

There are several fabulous museums in Gyumri, some of which are house museums of well-known Armenians, like sculptor Sergey Merkurov and poet Avetik Isahakyan. The Aslamazyan Sisters House Museum is one of the more popular ones, as it has a collection of over 700 drawings, paintings, and other works done by the sisters. The Dzitoghtsyan House Museum of Social Life and National Architecture dates back to the 19th century and displays artifacts that show the daily urban life of Gyumri.

Independence Square:

Independence Square is a lovely park that is surrounded by some beautiful buildings, which make for a great backdrop for a picnic lunch. The Gyumri Courthouse, Gyumri Academy of Fine Arts, and former Gyumri Textile Factory border the square.

Explore the Markets and Shops:

The Gyumri open-air market is where the locals shop for fresh produce, spices, and dried fruit. It is an interesting place to explore and is sure to appeal to all of your senses. The pedestrian-only Ryzhkov Street is not only interesting to see but is also a great place to shop for souvenirs. Local artists sell paintings, wood carvings, tufa stone carvings, and much more along this alleyway.

Enjoy the Food of Gyumri:

Gyumri is famous for traditional dishes like pilaf, soups, meat dishes, and desserts. These can be tasted in restaurants and at food stands, in which there are many along Pyzhkov Street. Khash is a must, which is a soup with cow’s feet and stomach that is flavored with garlic, pickled vegetables, and vodka. If that does not sound appealing, opt for Tatar Boraki, which is homemade pasta topped with fried onions.

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