Old Gyumri Tour

Visit Kumayri museum, historic houses, workshops, taverns, guesthouses and museums that make up Old Gyumri (formerly known as Alexandropl).

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Sahakanushian Oriordats (Girls) School

Abovian St.: Sahakanushian Oriordats (Girls) School, Saint N'shan Church

Continue up Abovian Street:

38. Left: Black with white trim dwelling, 1880-1890. The beautiful wood doors are original to the house. One section was built as a shop which was converted to the present design. The house was built in stages, an example of the care given to quality, regardless of the cost or time required.

39. Left: Catalogue House, 1900-1920.  The double home was a common type of construction, often by two brothers. The house is also an example of the “Catalogue house” found in Alexandropol. Catalogue houses used plans purchased from catalogues, adapted to local tastes and budgets. This house simply repeated the same plan twice.

40. Left: two story dwelling with semi-basement, 1900-1920. Note the complementary arches and extremely tall entrance, creating the illusion of space in a small dwelling.

41. Right: Sahakanushian Oriordats (Girls) School, 1880-1900. Built by Karapet Yuzbashian, this finishing school for girls combined general education subjects with domestic skills like sewing and housekeeping and the “gentle arts” of being a lady.

42. Right:  St. N'shan Church, 1854-1864. Built by Ghaghraman Yerkainabazuk Arghutian and the city, this neighborhood church was first named Saint Mariam Astvatsatsin Church, but when another, newer church in the center was named the same, the parishioners were forced to change theirs. They chose St. N'shan (Holy Sign). If doors are open, go inside to see the simple yet elegant design.

43. Left: Two-story Arabajof (Arabajian) School, 1880-1900. Elementary school run by Baron Arabajof (educator, writer, mathematician and textbook author) and his children. Note the elaborate wrought iron balcony.

Cross over Rustaveli Street (Tiflisskaya – 14th) Street and continue:

44. Left at corner: Art Nouveau, 1900-1920. Giumri's best example of the “Modern” style imposed on a more classical city is remarkable for both its design and its complement to its neighbors. The interior is preserved in the Art Nouveau style; the swimming pool in back is 20th century.

Turn R on Rustaveli and continue to the next information port at Vardapet (Masters) Street.

The text for this walking tour was edited by the Kumaiyri Preserve-Museum.


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