Saturday 30 September 2017

Gyumri, Armenia

Our first stop in Armenia was Gyumri, the second-largest city in the country. It was terribly damaged in a 1988 earthquake in which an estimated 25,000 to 50,000 people died (out of a population of 200,000). There still are some buildings in ruins.

The main square

Monument to the victims of the 1988 earthquake

Typical streets in the old part of town

Sculpture in the city park

Fresh fruit and vegetables in the market

Nuts and dried fruit

Typical buildings in the old part of Gyumri

Russian Orthodox Church - the Russian army has a military base in Gyumri

Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life


  1. Hi Stan and Cindy. It's Shelley Joyce at CBC Kamloops. I would love to phone you and do a radio interview on your travels. Would you two be up for that? If so when and how could I reach you? Mornings P/T would be best for me.

    1. Hi Shelley. We flew from Armenia to Seville, Spain on Sunday and will be here until Nov 28th, then flying back to Vancouver. We don't have a phone number over here so an interview would probably have to take place once we're back in Canada.

      I am working on getting all our Armenia travels on to the blog in the next few days.

      I'm curious how you found us - Motivo?